Imagine being able to check the oil and fuel level of your car, or defrost the windows, heat the interior and check traffic - all while you sit at your kitchen table eating breakfast! Or consider driving home after work and being able to turn on the air conditioner, and then the microwave to cook your dinner!

SmartMove, the Belgium-based vehicle telematics software developer and integrator, has brought this vision one step closer with the creation of a full-service delivery chain for OSGi-compliant services bundles. Fully compliant with OSGI's Specification Release 1.0, the SmartMove Open Telematics Framework makes it possible to exchange information and services between providers and an in-home or in-office gateway, the same way it does with the vehicle, thus bringing together total wireless communications between office, home and car.

According to Steven Buytaert, co-CEO at SmartMove, "This is exactly the kind of scenario the future will bring. It is our belief that, very soon, services and information delivery to home and car networks will be organized by means of one common platform. We have been actively participating within OSGi, showing our commitment to working with others, not only to create standards for information and service delivery to the vehicle, but also to create a platform for information and services exchange between home networks and tomorrow's car networks."
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This makes it possible to access, download and use the services that are offered for in-home use, both at home and in a vehicle's mobile environment, and the other way around -- creating an enormous potential for telematics service providers to offer their services to drivers and passengers. Banking applications, Web browsing, on-demand navigation, remote diagnostics, online shopping, etc., will all benefit from the added synergy between information exchange and the compatibility of resident and mobile services on one common platform.

"SmartMove has been working very hard on the match between our own Java-based intelligent communications computer specifications and those developed by OSGI," says Marc Maes, co-CEO of SmartMove.

"This recent accomplishment is not only an important milestone for the company, but it will also create a lot of new business opportunities. And without losing our current business focus on the automotive industry, we've proven for the first time that our technology is perfectly applicable for more than mobile platforms," he adds.
The OSGi Mobility Expert Group is working to define a standard application programming interface (API) to obtain the location of the gateway and provide location information to applications. The first meeting of this group is scheduled for October 26-27, 2000, hosted by SmartMove at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

About SmartMove
SmartMove NV (www.smartmove-eu.com) was founded in 1996 and received funding from several European venture capitalists. SmartMove holds several international patents in the field of vehicle telematics, and employs 90 people, most of them engineers. Based in Leuven, Belgium, the company's U.S. subsidiary, SmartMove USA is located in Cambridge, Mass. SmartMove will be exhibiting in Booth #884 at Convergence 2000, at Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich., October 16-18.

About OSGi
The Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi), is a non-profit corporation formed to provide a forum for the creation of open specifications for the delivery of multiple services over wide-area networks to local networks and devices, and to accelerate the demand for products and services based on these specifications worldwide through the sponsorship of market and user education programs. The San Ramon, California, USA-based consortium comprises 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including Internet Service Providers, Network Operators, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Independent Software Vendors, end users, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The consortium's Web site address is www.osgi.org.