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SyncML Initiative Announces Universal Device Management Project

Open Standard for Remote Management of Mobile Devices Under Development

Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. November 19, 2001.

The SyncML Initiative Ltd., the leading open industry standards organization for universal synchronization of remote data and personal information across multiple networks, platforms and devices, announced today their initiative focusing on device management.

As a result of technological development, networked and mobile devices are becoming increasingly complex. Consequently, devices are also becoming more and more difficult to manage, comparable with the dilemma of personal computer configuration and management. This in turn creates a strong need arising from consumers, corporate information management departments, and operators to have a tool for managing devices conveniently and effectively.

Device Management is the term used to describe technologies employed by operators, and corporate information management departments to carry out complex remote configuration of mobile devices on the behalf of end-users.

The SyncML Initiative has identified the complexity of this issue, and the importance of finding a universal solution for device management protocol. The SyncML Initiative has therefore initiated a new device management technology track that is concentrating its efforts on building a common device management protocol. The SyncML device management protocol will be an open, universal industry standard for remote device management of networked devices.

In conjunction with this new track, the SyncML Initiative has posted a SyncML Device Management (SyncML DM) white paper, available for immediate download at Mobile and wireless organizations who want to participate in the advancement of this key standard may do so by joining the SyncML Initiative at the Promoter level. Information about SyncML Membership is available at

"The SyncML Initiative is enjoying tremendous worldwide momentum right now," said Doug Heintzman, chairman of the SyncML Initiative. "Our technical committees continue to advance the core SyncML specification, and our device management committee will lead the mobile and wireless industry with their important work."

"The SyncML open-standard mobile data synchronization specification has provided a framework for important technology releases from our sponsor organizations, and others," said James S. Jennings, Ph.D., chairman of the SyncML device management (SyncML DM) committee. "Our open-standard device management specification, when released early Q1 2002 will drive the development of device management technologies that will empower organizations worldwide to fully maximize their investments in mobile devices, and significantly drive down the costs associated with management of connected devices, such as mobile phone handsets."

Mobile and wireless press and analysts interested in a briefing with SyncML leaders regarding device management are encouraged to contact the SyncML Initiative by calling +1-732-465-6471 or sending email to to schedule an appointment.

About SyncML

SyncML is the leading open industry specification for universal data synchronization of remote data and personal information across multiple networks, platforms and devices. The SyncML Initiative is sponsored by Ericsson, IBM, Lotus, Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd., Motorola, Nokia, Openwave, Starfish Software and Symbian, and supported by more than 650 key wireless and leading companies across various industry sectors. Companies interested in deploying SyncML compliant products and services in 2001 and beyond are encouraged to join the Initiative. For more information on the SyncML Initiative, please see


Peter Lefkin, Executive Director
The SyncML Initiative, Ltd.
Tel: +1-732-465-6471

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "The SyncML Initiative."

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