Connectivity Briefs: Oracle and Vodafone, IPv6 Forum

Connectivity Briefs: Oracle and Vodafone, IPv6 Forum

Link connects apps with mobile networks

Oracle and Vodafone will extend the potential reach of Web services to millions more mobile phones next month, by connecting Oracle 10g Application Server to Vodafone’s Short Message Service (SMS) system through a Web services interface. A sample application at the OracleWorld conference and exhibition in Paris demonstrated how a call centre can transmit appointment requests from clients to sales staff via SMS, and then automatically update a group calendar, based on their acceptance or rejection of the appointment. Sending SMS text messages to mobile phones from an enterprise network is nothing new, but has until now involved writing custom software and leasing a dedicated telecommunications link to connect the application with the mobile network.

Certification program on its way to Australia

A global, industry-based certification program for products and services that use the IPv6 protocol will soon target Australia’s IT industry. The IPv6 Forum, a global consortium of research networks with 160-plus members — including Cisco Systems, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems — recently launched the IPv6 Ready logo program. The Forum’s objectives include promoting interoperable implementations of IPv6 in order to create a quality, secure, next-generation Internet. As part of the program, vendors or service providers can submit their product and/or documentation to an IPv6-certified test lab, usually a university. If the IPv6 Forum’s standard is met, the product or service is issued with certification documentation such as the IPv6 Ready logo which could be used to assure potential customers the product or service is IPv6 compliant.

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