Wireless products for enterprise on tap at show

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Lutris Technologies of Santa Cruz, Calif., will unveil a wireless version of its open-source Java application server, Lutris Enhydra. This server software is designed to host Java applications, interconnect with back-end servers and feed results to an array of handheld devices over wireless networks. The software will be released in December. Pricing isn't final, but one version will cost about $1,000, which includes Lutris' documentation of the open source software and an application to show how wireless applications are written. A higher-priced version will include training and technical support. The basic software, without documentation, can be downloaded free at www.enhydra.org.

Also at the show:

Wireless Knowledge of San Diego will demonstrate a new version of its WorkStyle Server software, which will let mobile users access corporate Lotus Domino groupware servers. Handheld users will have full access to the Domino and Lotus Notes e-mail, scheduling and contact information. The current product supports Microsooft Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2000 servers. The product will ship near year-end, with no change in the current pricing of $10 per month per user.

IBM will unveil a new version of its WebSphere Transcoding Publisher, which translates Web information into standard formats such as WAP for wireless devices. The upgrade will add support for several new presentation protocols, such as iMode, and offer expanded voice-recognition support.

Sierra Wireless of Vancouver will show off the AirCard 400, a PCMCIA Type-II wireless interface card that will link handhelds to Metricom's Ricochet 128K bit/sec wireless net. Metricom is expanding the high-speed network across the U.S.

Finally, attendees can see a demonstration of prototype phones based on Microsoft's Stinger software specification. The phones, built by Samsung and other companies, use a version of Windows CE and combine features of PDAs with a cellular handset design.

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