Standards consortium The Open Group will launch a forum this week to address the problems organisations face when using mobile devices and applications.
The Mobile Management Forum will bring together vendors of mobile and wireless solutions and products with corporate and government organisations that use wireless technologies. The forum will be launched on Wednesday at the Mobile Commerce 2000 conference in London.
Members will look to tackle issues and challenges facing the widespread adoption of wireless technologies. Issues expected to hamper the take-up of wireless connectivity include authorisation and authentication issues.
For example, assurances that a mobile device trying to gain access to the corporate network is who or what it claims to be will need to be made before certain technologies are made widely available.
Speakers at the Mobile Commerce 2000 conference today said security and the development of standards are key factors for enabling mobile commerce.
Allen Brown, president and chief executive of The Open Group, said the forum would look to test and certify products that conform to open standards and would address interoperability issues.
"Barriers facing developments include cost, security and operational risks. Interoperability is a necessity and something which needs to be focused on to expand the market and accelerate growth," said Brown.
The Mobile Management Forum said it is keen to work with other organisations such as Radicchio and the Wap Forum. Gregory Gorman, director of the wireless and mobile programme at The Open Group, said: "We want to work with rather than compete with other organisations. We don't want to reinvent the wheel, but will work with others to push technologies forward."
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