iPass Inc. and Nokia Enterprise Solutions are developing iPass wireless connectivity software for the Nokia 9500, the Nokia 9300i and the Nokia Eseries devices. Based on the iPassConnect universal client, this software will extend availability of the iPass secure remote access service to users of Nokia Business devices.
In addition, Nokia began a user pilot of the iPass Corporate Access service, ahead of a planned company-wide roll-out around the world later this quarter. Through the iPass service, Nokia plans to provide its remote and mobile employees with secure and reliable connectivity to company resources via the Internet.
The collaboration will initially focus on the development of a wireless connectivity client for select Nokia mobile business devices running on Series 80 and S60 software platforms. The client for the Nokia 9300i and the Nokia 9500 is expected to be available by the summer, while the client for the Nokia Eseries devices is scheduled for availability by the end of 2006.
This software will allow users of Nokia devices to access a large Wi-Fi network with approximately 50,000 Wi-Fi venues worldwide. The iPassConnect client is also available for Windows, Mac and Windows Mobile operating systems.
iPass Corporate Access gives remote and mobile workers a safe and simple way to connect to the Internet from over 160 countries around the world with dial, ISDN, wired and wireless broadband connectivity. At the same time as integrating with existing security systems and technologies, it offers a full range of services including centralised policy-based management and end-to-end security enforcement.