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VerdiSoft Unveils Company and Technology to Make Devices Work
VerdiSoft Unveils Company and Technology to Make Devices Work

(March 26, 2002) - VerdiSoft Corporation, a new global software infrastructure company, gave a preview of its technology - the VerdiSoft CrossPoint Server - which is designed to make devices work. VerdiSoft is led by founder and CEO Marco Boerries, the creator of the popular StarOffice Suite, which was sold to Sun Microsystems in 1999.

Conservative estimates place the global number of computing products and devices, excluding PCs and servers, at more than one billion - and this number is growing daily. VerdiSoft targets three categories: personal devices like cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and digital camcorders; controller devices, such as DSL routers, alarm systems and home appliances; and vertical solution devices, including ATMs, ticketing machines, and machine controllers used in manufacturing.

To successfully deploy, service, and maintain devices, device manufacturers and service providers must be able to update them and add functionality after they're sold. Another issue is that data must be delivered reliably, regardless of device location, and user-specific and location-specific preferences must be maintained.

"I formed VerdiSoft when I looked at the way devices currently operate and realized that today, they just don't work properly. All devices should be reliable, personalized, and easy to use," said Marco Boerries, VerdiSoft founder and CEO. "Building a software infrastructure that will truly enable devices to work as they should is one of the great infrastructure plays left."

The VerdiSoft CrossPoint Server allows service providers and device manufacturers to address three main trends driving the device market today: mobility, personalization, and telemetry.

Mobility: Once carriers deploy the VerdiSoft CrossPoint Server, a cell phone user's preferences and settings will be unaffected if she changes phones or roams into another carrier's network. The phone will simply work, requiring no action on behalf of the end-user. She will also be able to access synchronized data on all of her mobile devices, enabling uninterrupted communication.

Personalization: In the case of a DSL router, an end-user buys a device and wants a firewall with VPN, parental controls, and virus protection. Today, he has to configure and update the device himself. With the VerdiSoft solution, the service provider can configure it to his specifications and then manage the ongoing download and installation of software.

Telemetry: Today a manufacturer sells a dishwasher knowing that in seven to ten years it will need to be replaced. Tomorrow, with the trend towards telemetry, the appliance will be connected to a VerdiSoft CrossPoint Server and the manufacturer will be able to monitor the appliance's performance, preempt maintenance needs, and offer upgrades such as changing the length of the wash cycle to accommodate advances in detergent products. The end-user's positive experience not only increases loyalty but also the likelihood of repeat business.

The VerdiSoft CrossPoint Server leverages the commonalities between devices to address their common problems. The architecture, which is based on open standards, is independent of device, protocol, and operating system, and scalable to millions of clients. Each device's unique combination of hardware, software, and user preferences is tracked and controlled by the VerdiSoft CrossPoint Server's three main modules. The Software Component Management module controls installation of device drivers, operating system files, and application software. Data Delivery and Management delivers personalized data and content, while the Preference/ Configuration Management module maintains settings for an individual device and across multiple devices. Open, XML, and Java interfaces provide integration to existing systems and data sources, while the server provides client support for homegrown operating systems, Palm OS, J2ME, WindowsCE, Linux, and VxWorks.

As VP and general manager of Webtop and Application Software at Sun Microsystems, Boerries was responsible for the StarOffice Suite, which served more than 14 million users. Additionally, Boerries acted as Sun's unofficial ambassador to the open source community.

The VerdiSoft CrossPoint Server will ship an early access product to a select base of customers and device manufacturers in summer of 2002 and will enter general availability by year-end. For more information, visit www.verdisoft.com.

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