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News | 03/05/2002 5:00 am EST

Bell Mobility partners with Nextair for dispatching
Bell Mobility and Nextair Inc. have partnered to deliver dispatch applications over the wireless Internet. Bell will begin offering Nextair’s Internet-based mdispatch.com and DispatchForce as its preferred wireless dispatch products in early 2002. Mdispatch.com comes with built-in options that makes the product amenable to various industries including courier, field service, transportation and healthcare companies and organizations. Using mdisptach.com, dispatchers can assign new tasks from their PC, while mobile staff can respond to these tasks in the field using their wireless device. DispatchForce is a dispatch and scheduling application designed for large businesses that has greater functionality and can be customized to address specific needs of a particular organization. In other Bell news, one of its partnerships with McGraw-Hill Ryerson has blossomed into the Mobile Learning Consortium. The consortium now includes the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Seneca College and a number of other large corporations including Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Blackboard, Compaq and Avaya. Under guidelines of the initiative, first-year students at Seneca and NAIT will receive access to curriculum materials through a wirelessly enabled device. About 300 students will trial the service, which gives them access to materials for their Introductory Accounting course via a Compaq iPAQ handheld computer.

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