Hewlett Packard is planning a suite of products that will enable Internet connected devices to automatically conduct transactions and access pay per usage software online, invisibly to the user.
The products will be scalable enabling tasks ranging from updating healhcare information on smart cards or mobile phones, to accessing enterprise software applications using PCs.
Details of the products emerged here at the IDC Telecoms Forum yesterday as HP offered further details of its new Internet focussed business. Full details of this and other products are expected within two months.
HP's application sharing is based around a concept it calls 'task Broking' that uses a software layer to interface with the user application and the remote application and perform communications invisibly to the user.
The products will also fit with HP's Internet portal strategy, letting users select services such as entertainment and healthcare from a portal, then receive automatic downloads and updates to a device such as a smart card.
HP has portals offering banking, manufacturing software and retail logistics services, all run in conjunction with other vendors. HP said a further two portal partnerships will be announced in the next two months.
This initiative comes as part of its recently announced intention to jump on, what it calls, 'Internet, Chapter 2' where the Internet has moved on from being an information resource and letting users perform tasks, to becoming a medium that can peform tasks for the user based on their preferences.
Chapter one was "please let me do it," said Sebastiano Tevarotto, HP's general manager of enterprise accounts, "Chapter 2 is please do it for me. The future of task broking is an independent application to application dialog, without the end user knowing," said Tevarotto.
Devices that could use task broking will include PCs, cars and smart cards. However HP sees mobile phones as the number one Internet access device of the future.
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