Products Shown at Demo Promise New Mobility

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2005-09-20 Print this article Print

The latest in mobile technology can untether users not just from desktops, but from laptops and even from PCs entirely.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—Whether its remote desktop search on a Blackberry device or an entire workspace stored on a USB flash drive, IT managers can count on new products showcased at the Demo conference to help workers go mobile. During the opening of the conference here on Tuesday, dozens of companies demonstrated software and services in hopes of becoming the next TiVo or Palm. A total of 65 companies will debut new products at the conference. Formerly DemoMobile, the show changed its name to Demo this year in part to reflect the ubiquity of mobile data, said Chris Shipley, executive producer of Demo.
"Over the six years of DemoMobile, wireless technology has become an integral part of most every aspect of computing," she said. "So now it only makes sense to plot wireless advances in the context of the broader technology markets."
Mobility certainly continued to play a significant role in a number of products unveiled at the conference. U3 LLC opened the show by introducing the first USB smart drives armed with its portable drive storage format, which allows road warriors to carry their work space, including all their files and applications, with them on a USB drive. The company showed off USB smart drives ranging from 215MB to 1GB of storage from SanDisk Corp., Kingston Technology Company Inc., Memorex Products Inc. and Verbatim Ltd. U3 is designed to allow mobile workers to leave their laptops behind. By plugging a U3 smart drive into any PC, users will be able to launch U3 smart software applications. Once the U3 smart drive is removed, all windows close, leaving no personal information behind on the PC. Click here to read about security offerings at Demo. Giving end users the ability to access their files and applications remotely was also the aim of Realm Systems Inc., which demonstrated its Mobile Enterprise Platform Version 1.0. The platform is made up of the Real Mobile Personal Server, a device end users carry with them, and the Realm Management Router, a central management router for IT managers. When a Realm Mobile Personal Server is connected via USB to a networked PC, it automatically establishes a secure VPN to the users corporate network. As with the U3 smart drive, all signs of the users work disappear once the device is disconnected. Sprint and RealNetworks partner for a mobile radio deal. Click here to read more. For end users who prefer not to use PCs at all, EasyReach Corp. debuted EasyReach, a remote desktop search service that enables users to find any file or e-mail on a remote PC using a BlackBerry, Treo or Internet browser. Users can use keyword search capabilities to find documents on their remote desktops and then deliver those documents to any e-mail address. Available on Oct. 1, the EasyReach remote desktop service will start at $8 per month for unlimited access to one PC or $80 a year; or $10 a month for unlimited access to two PCs or $100 a year. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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