Genaker delivers Push-to-Talk for iPhone and BlackBerry

Genaker, a supplier of mobile business productivity solutions, has unveiled a Push-to-Talk (PTT) over Cellular (PoC) client, based on the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) standard for iPhone and BlackBerry devices.

The PTT client offers real-time group communications for BlackBerry and iPhone devices and is available to run over any standard mobile IP network. Once installed on the device, users are able access a contact list and are able to talk to any user or group by simply pushing a button.

The proprietary nature of previous PTT clients required users to have handsets deployed on the same carrier network. The Genaker solution, which is deployed worldwide by carriers such as Telefonica, works with all standard PoC network solutions, as well as most commercial PoC clients.  This means that it is possible to have group communications with people from different networks or even different countries.

Industries that coordinate teams in the field, such as healthcare, construction, logistics and hospitality, will benefit from instant communication, improved productivity and reduce costs.

Jordi Guerrero, chief operating officer of Genaker, said: “PTT solutions based on open standards are spreading, at a slow but certain pace. Our implementation, which is entirely IP-based, affords UK customers an opportunity to benefit from the appeal of push-to-talk services. Also, considering the remarkable market share of the iPhone and BlackBerry platforms, it was important for us to provide users with standards-based PTT solution.”

The iPhone and BlackBerry PTT clients expand Genaker’s portfolio of business productivity products, which include its PTT client for Windows Mobile, Genaker’s Dispatcher with location and field force management features, and Genaker PMR Gateway.

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