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SYWARE's Visual CE® Database Development Software Adds Support for Siemens SIMpad, Next Generation Web Pad

Easy-to-use database software provides real-time wireless access to servers, desktop synchronization, and macro programs

Cambridge, MA (January 21, 2002) - SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced that the company's Visual CE® and mEnable® families of database development software now support the SIMpad SL4, Siemens newest generation of enterprise handhelds.

An easy-to-use device that offers unlimited mobile Internet access within seconds, the SIMpad SL4 web pad combines a robust web browser, GSM or wireless LAN connectivity, and a suite of mobile productivity applications, including Pocket Office. Database development capabilities are now supported in the form of Visual CE and mEnable. Visual CE is SYWARE's popular database development toolset and mEnable is the company's innovative wireless architecture that allows mobile users to easily access and modify server data in real time. Together, SIMpad, Visual CE, and mEnable allow business professionals and developers to easily create mobile database applications without programming, whether for patient tracking, inventory management, or sales force automation.

"There's nothing more fundamental for the business professional than the ability to access corporate data-anytime, anywhere," said Oliver Zechlin, Product Manager, Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group. "With Visual CE and mEnable, SIMpad users now have access to the same resources as their wired counterparts. The ability to easily interact with any ODBC data source translates into the widest flexibility for the enterprise and its mobile staff."

Intuitive Application Development
Visual CE is a full color, relational database program. It provides an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface that enables programmers and non-programmers alike to quickly create databases without coding. Database forms can be designed and maintained either on the handheld device or on the desktop computer. In addition, both forms and databases can be run on the handheld device or the desktop. Once the application is developed, records can be easily beamed from one handheld device to another. Other features include pop-up word lists, the ability to create pre-defined data filters, robust font selection, multi-select dropdowns, and calculations on string data. A macro programming capability allows for the easy creation of multi-step sequences.

Visual CE is integrated with mEnable, SYWARE's breakthrough wireless architecture that extends handheld applications with real-time, interactive access to server data. The mEnable architecture allows Visual CE applications to wirelessly read from or write to any ODBC-enabled data source, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Access, or Sybase. mEnable uses the universal TCP/IP protocol to communicate between the handheld device and the server, through standard wireless adapter cards that plug into the handheld device. The mEnable architecture allows handheld computing applications to be easily integrated with enterprise business processes.

Pricing & Delivery
Visual CE applications can be created and run on any SIMpad SL4. Visual CE Lite Edition is priced at $79, quantity one. Visual CE Personal Edition, with full synchronization capabilities, is priced at $129, quantity one. Visual CE Professional Edition provides a more advanced feature set and includes royalty-free distribution rights; it is available for $399. Visual CE Enterprise Edition includes all the features of the Professional Edition plus SYWARE's Report CE® software; it is priced at $599.

About Siemens IC Mobile
The Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group (IC Mobile) offers the complete range of mobile solutions including mobile devices, infrastructure, and applications. Devices include mobile phones, wireless modules, mobile organizers, and cordless phones, as well as products for wireless home networks. The infrastructure portfolio includes the complete range of GSM, GPRS, and UMTS mobile network technologies from base stations and switching systems to intelligent networks, e.g. for prepaid services. Applications cover mobile services for Unified Messaging, Location Based Services, and Mobile Payment. The group employs 29,840 employees worldwide. For more information on the SIMpad SL4, visit the Siemens web site at

SYWARE, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile database tools for business and personal productivity. Founded in 1990, the company offers innovative data management and connectivity software for use in a wide range of applications, including patient monitoring, inventory management, and field surveys. The cornerstone of SYWARE's product line is Visual CE®, the popular database development tool for Windows CE and Pocket PC handhelds used by such companies as IBM, Coca-Cola, ChevronTexaco Corp., and US Geological Survey. SYWARE is also the creator of mEnable®, a software architecture for real-time wireless access to enterprise data located on corporate servers. For more information, please visit

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Frank Yacano, Director of Business Development
PO Box 425091, Kendall
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
+1 617.497.1300
Fax: +1 617.497.8729

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Joe Romano, Partner
HighGround, Inc.
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