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Friday, June 14, 2002 12:08PM IST (6:38AM GMT)
 
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The Location Interoperability Forum -LIF- Announces Intent to Join Forces With the Newly Formed Open Mobile Alliance -OMA-
Building upon the momentum LIF has created for accelerating mobile location services; resulting in mass-market commercialization
 
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The Location Interoperability Forum (LIF), representing over 100 companies worldwide developing mobile location services and solutions, announced Thursday that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) expressing its intent to consolidate the organization with the newly formed Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

The Location Interoperability Forum (LIF) is a global industry organization dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of location-based services. By developing and promoting specifications for an interoperable and secure location services solution, end user location information can be made available securely to the application, irrespective of the underlying network technology and positioning methods.

By representing the key value chain players in the mobile location services industry, LIF has established itself as the leading global organization for promoting commercialization of Mobile Location Services worldwide.

"By consolidating with OMA, LIF would ensure its specifications are aligned with market and customer requirements. OMA's envisioned centers of excellence for best practices and conduct for
interoperability testing (IOT) would ensure that LIF's specifications interoperate with the industry-defined mobile applications architecture framework," said Bilal Saleh, LIF Chairman of the Board, and Fellow of the Technical Staff at Motorola.

Location Services is recognized as a key enabler for advanced mobile services, enhancing the user experience by providing personalized and context-sensitive applications.

"Being the leading industry organization for location services, LIF would bring a wealth of technical specifications, expertise and established industry relationships to OMA," said Jerry Upton, Interim Chairman of OMA. "This would basically make LIF the location services technical arm for OMA."

ABOUT THE LOCATION INTEROPERABILITY FORUM

The Location Interoperability Forum (LIF) is a global industry organization dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of location based services by developing and promoting an interoperable and secure location services solution allowing applications to obtain location information from the wireless networks irrespective of their air interfaces and positioning methods.

LIF has over 100 member companies representing a mix of application and content providers, infrastructure and device manufacturers and mobile network operators. LIF was founded in September 2000 by Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia. www.locationforum.org

ABOUT THE OPEN MOBILE ALLIANCE

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Delivers open standards for the mobile industry, helping to create interoperable services which work across countries, operators and mobile terminals and are driven by users' needs. To expand the mobile market, companies supporting the Open Mobile Alliance will work to stimulate the fast and wide adoption of a variety of new, enhanced mobile information, communication and entertainment services. The Open Mobile Alliance includes all key elements of the wireless value chain, and contributes to the timely and efficient introduction of services and applications. For more information, please visit www.openmobilealliance.org

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) name and logo are trademarks of Open Mobile Alliance Ltd.

 
 
 
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