To demonstrate the power of The Core, a number of live demos have been created specifically for Gitex, including a mobi email client that can connect to address books and calendars in the cloud, and redirect mails to SMS and other message channels. Korwe is also demonstrating a mobi multimedia content publishing system, and mobi forms display, a vital tool to display lengthy, correctly tabulated forms such as account statements to let mobi users check accounts online from their phones.
“Right now we’re in the second Web gold-rush, land-grab and space-race. Fifteen years after the World Wide Web revolutionised the world, the mobile Web will do the same. But, like in the first wave of Internet development, a lot of lessons will be learned – sometimes hard lessons,” says Nithia Govender, CEO of Korwe Software. “The mobile Web is similar to the World Wide Web we’re so familiar with, but there are very fundamental differences technically, and many developers of mobile sites will realise too late that interacting with mobile phones is not as easy as they think.”
The Core is the result of years of fundamental research and development work, funded in part by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) fund. It is a MEAP, a new class of server-side software technology that takes care of all complexities when delivering cloud-based mobile applications and mobi sites. Key functions include integrating mobile development with other enterprise information and business intelligence systems, supporting operational deployment and reporting, and managing social networks, payment gateways, infrastructure gateways, and more.
The Core powers mobi sites, allowing fast and cost-effective creation of interactive online information sites accessed via mobile phones.
These sites can offer multimedia content, information and entertainment to users in a way similar to if they install an application on their handset… but without the hassle or compatibility niggles. Unlike apps specifically created for the iPhone, Android or other smartphones, a mobi site is device-independent – it can be used by almost any modern phone that has a Web browser. Clever techniques in delivering sites via mobile phone browser means mobie developers can deliver the same (or better) user experience, but faster, more cheaply and more flexibly than through apps.
Korwe is a pioneer in “context” technology, a mixture of geo-location and (more importantly) social context, allowing seamless filtering, security and other important services, as well as automatic personalisation to enhance the mobi site user’s experience.
Korwe is a software engineering startup founded by Dr David Hislop and Nithia Govender, veterans of the mobile and software development industry in the UK and South Africa.
“We’re very excited to be launching this product in Dubai at Gitex. This is a major technology show that will reach a huge number of influential business people and technology entrepreneurs across the Middle East, India and the world,” says Govender.
The Core is aimed at Web development and interactive digital agencies, as well as enterprise IT managers that need a business-class platform on which to base their mobi sites. It scales horizontally as you add users, and vertically as you add services. It incorporates a unique state based pattern to allow integration based on SCXML.
A suite of plug-ins includes Business Intelligence, operational reporting, context engine, recommendation engine, fallout handling and backend services (e.g. IMAP for mail, SyncML for diary and contacts), SMS, XMPP (presence and IM), oAuth, Transaction Servers and more. Back-end services are written in C#, Java and C++, and the host operating system can be Centos, Ubuntu or MS Server 2008. The front end is currently .php, aspx or .jsp. Typically it would be used for pure dotmobi, but it can also plug in J2ME and others.
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