Option's uCAN transforms USB modem into a virtual pc
Professionals and consumers CAN access their own applications,
content and personal Internet connection from any PC
LEUVEN, Belgium and BARCELONA, Spain - February 16, 2009 - Option
N.V. (EURONEXT Brussels: OPTI; OTC: OPNVY), the wireless technology
company, today announced a ground-breaking innovation in the
high-growth USB wireless modem market with its new uCAN software
With uCAN, a USB modem user can connect to the internet or access
their applications, documents, MP3 collections or any other content
via a "one click" launch pad from any personal computer. With
applications running from the USB modem, Option's Zero Footprint
technology, ensures no trace of activity is left on the host
computer, running either Windows XP, Windows Vista or Mac OS, when
the device is disconnected.
This unique and versatile functionality will appeal to anyone who
prefers - or needs - to travel light without a laptop. uCAN-enabled
USB modems will find applications among professionals and consumers.
Business users will, for example, be able to edit documents and
update spreadsheets using applications such as Open Office or keep
up-to-date with their emails. Consumers will be able to enjoy simple
one-click access to chat or Twitter services or any of their
favourite social networks. By enabling users to make use of the large
screen and full keyboard of virtually any PC, uCAN delivers a
consistent and user-friendly mobile Internet experience anywhere in
the world - irrespective of the computer being used.
"uCAN transforms a wireless broadband USB modem into a virtual PC
capable of supporting an almost infinite range of useful, and for the
operators revenue-generating, applications and services. This is
really the Internet in your pocket," said Jan Callewaert, CEO of
Option. "uCAN also marks a new chapter in Option's evolution -
opening up new software licensing revenues to complement our existing
mobile broadband hardware business."
Shipments of uCAN-enabled iCON USB devices are scheduled for the
first half of 2009. Over time, the technology is likely to be offered
across Option's range of iCON USB modems as media players, instant
messaging and web 2.0 applications open up consumer market segments.
Option is demonstrating uCAN in Hall 1, stand 1C 43 at the Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona (February 16-19).
An online demo of uCAN is available at
More information and screenshots of uCAN launch pad are available at
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