Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM), Temasek Polytechnic and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) today signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) for the establishment in Singapore of a Mobile Computing Centre for ...
Singapore, 6 April 2001 | For Immediate Release
Companies to Establish Mobile Computing Centre -- Palm Authorised Training Centre for Palm OS Platform Developers in Asia Pacific
Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM), Temasek Polytechnic and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) today signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) for the establishment in Singapore of a Mobile Computing Centre for Palm OS platform developers.
The Mobile Computing Centre, a Palm authorised training centre, will be located at Temasek Engineering School. It is the first of its kind in Asia Pacific and will be established with the support of IDA.
The Mobile Computing Centre will provide Palm OS platform training for developers located in Singapore and Asia Pacific, equipping them with skills to address an increasing worldwide demand for handheld computing solutions.
Mr. Ang Keng Loo, deputy principal, Temasek Polytechnic, and Mr. Khoong Hock Yun, assistant chief executive, IDA, signed the MOI with Mr. Chng Poh Hwa, regional director, Palm Singapore Sales Pte Ltd, during a ceremony held today in Singapore.
"In view of the pool of potential Palm OS platform developers in Singapore and Asia Pacific, and the interest in handheld computing technology, we have initiated the region's first Mobile Computing Centre for Palm OS platform developers," said Mr. Ang Keng Loo, deputy principal, Temasek Polytechnic. "Handheld computing is a fast-growing market segment, and we believe that developers will benefit greatly from the certified training to be made available at Temasek Polytechnic."
Mr. Khoong Hock Yun, assistant chief executive, IDA, commented that the agreement is in keeping with IDA goals to promote the information and communications industry in Singapore: "Mobile computing will become more pervasive in Singapore with the advent of smaller and more portable devices. The readiness of our infocomm professionals in meeting the demands spawned by this opportunity will become key in our efforts to make Singapore a place where the 21st century feels like home. We welcome industry-led efforts, such as the establishment of the Mobile Computing Centre, which shares new and exciting knowledge of widely adopted standards such as that of the Palm OS platform."
"We value the support shown by IDA and welcome Temasek Polytechnic to the Palm Economy, a worldwide community of organisations and individuals that develop, and enhance Palm products and services," said Mr. Chng Poh Hwa, regional director, Palm Singapore Sales.
Mr. Jeremy Lee, chief executive officer of Sunderland Technologies Pte Ltd, a company that develops attachment devices for Palm handhelds and enterprise solutions on the Palm OS platform, commented on the initiative: "The Mobile Computing Centre will fuel the growth of the Palm Economy, helping to generate the expertise necessary to meet demand for handheld computing solutions."
9 Under the terms of the MOI:
IDA will provide partial funding to Temasek Polytechnic for the establishment and ongoing operation of the Mobile Computing Centre, including staff, equipment, training and software;
IDA will also provide support for activities such as conferences, workshops and seminars related to the objectives of the Mobile Computing Centre, and support training for staff of Temasek Polytechnic involved in the activities of the Mobile Computing Centre;
Temasek Polytechnic will provide trainers and training facilities, and will incorporate Palm OS platform programming training into at Temasek Engineering School's curriculum. In addition, Temasek Polytechnic will provide partial funding for software, equipment and staff;
Palm will contribute a Palm OS Platform Technology Development Training Agreement , which licenses Palm OS platform technology for the purpose of training and development. Palm also will contribute handhelds, Palm OS platform software development kits, and associated software and documentation;
Palm will also provide training and certification in Palm OS platform programming for the course's instructor(s) and ongoing access to a broad range of relevant Palm OS platform technical resources.
Developers educated at the Mobile Computing Centre -- a Palm authorised training centre -- are expected to engineer solutions that enhance and extend the Palm OS platform, including handheld software applications, wireless Internet content and systems integration applications.
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INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, please visit www.imda.gov.sg.
About Temasek Polytechnic
Temasek Polytechnic is one of Singapore's leading institutions in the area of para-professional education in a variety of areas, especially in Engineering and IT. It aims to not only prepare students adequately for a world of work, but also a future of dynamic change. The polytechnic is a firm believer in forging partnerships with industry in order to keep students close to current industry practice. It also actively promotes continuing education and the upgrading of skills for school leavers and working adults via an extensive range of part-time programs, beyond the 31 diploma programs offered to its full-time students. For more information, please visit www.tp.edu.sg.
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of mobile and mobile and wireless Internet solutions and a leading provider of handheld computers, according to IDC (December 2000). Based on the Palm OS platform, Palm's handheld solutions allow people to carry and access their most critical information with them wherever they go. Palm handhelds address the needs of individuals, enterprises and educational institutions through thousands of application solutions.
The Palm OS platform is also the foundation for products from Palm's licensees and strategic partners, such as Franklin Covey, Handspring, IBM, Kyocera, Sony, Symbol Technologies, and TRG. Platform licensees also include Nokia and Samsung. The Palm Economy is a growing global community of industry-leading licensees, world-class OEM customers, and more than 150,000 innovative developers and solution providers that have registered to develop solutions based on the Palm OS platform. Palm went public on March 2, 2000. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol PALM. More information is available at www.palm-asia.com.
Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm is a trademark of Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries.