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Excalibur Communications. Paul Crow Corporate Sales Manager. Mobile Working. Excalibur. Past Present The future?. Excalibur. Very Quick History lesson. Excalibur. 1985 saw the introduction of car and transportable phones. . Excalibur.

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Excalibur Communications

Paul Crow

Corporate Sales Manager

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Mobile Working


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PastPresent The future?


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1985 saw the introduction of car and transportable phones.


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1991 – First commercial GSM (Digital) call was made, Nokia's 1011 is the worlds first commercial GSM digital mobile phone.


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1992 – First ever Text message was sent (Sms)


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1996 - Nokia introduce the Communicator, the first mobile to enable internet connectivity and wireless email


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2007- total number of mobiles reaches 3.3 billion, Half the worlds population!

2008 - Britons on average send a staggering 1.4 billion text messages every week

The growth of text (SMS) messaging has been phenomenal considering the first text message was sent less than 20 years ago!

Statistics taken from Mobile Data Association


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16.5 million people accessed the mobile internet in May 2008, this is a 25% growth since May 2006.Average of 136,875 new users per month (may 2006-2008)

10 million picture messages sent in the UK every week, year on year growth is at 30%

Statistics taken from Mobile Data Association

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Current devices


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Blackberry -


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Case Studies


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Case 1-Surveyors

Bristol based company of Surveyors and Estate agents

Simplify current surveying tasks

Improve flow of information

Reduce time it currently takes to produce completed reports

Reduce overall costs

Cut down on Paperwork


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Supply Windows based Pda devices

Enable these devices with voice and data services

Supply and commission Outlook Exchange server


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Only need to carry one small device

Ability to send information back once the survey has been completed

20% increase in number of surveys carried out per day

Reduction of 35% in fuel costs

Reports often completed before surveyors return to office

Dramatic reduction in amount of paperwork


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Case 2-Couriers

Courier company delivering time critical packages

Reduce duplicate paperwork

Improve flow of information ie. Delivery / collection confirmation

Self billing requirement

Improve efficiency Reduce overall costs


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Supply Windows based Pda devices

Enable these devices with voice and data services

Design and implement self billing software application


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Billing automatically generated from Mobile device

Customer care response times reduced

Paperwork reduced

Reduced fuel costs


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Case 3-Food manufacturer

National Organic food manufacturer, multi site

Requirement for time critical reports / audits

Reduce time costs

Improve efficiency

Reduce amount of paper generated


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Supply Blackberry devices

Create a bespoke system capable of automatically generating reports


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Reports are now available immediately

Less staff required

Paperwork reduced

Improved efficiency


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Current applications

Rightmove- introduce a service that allows house hunters to view over 650,000 properties for sale or rent on their phones

Manchester NHS – uses SMS for people to contact its Stop No Smoking services and receive stop smoking support

Westminster County Council – offer a “find- a – loo” service. Users text their location to a short number , and then receive directions to the nearest convenience with opening hours!

Internet Searches – In April 62% of smart phone users visited Google’s mobile site first, Orange second and the BBC third.


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The Future


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As a company we have to find solutions and deliver these in a simple, and cost effective manner. Technology for technologies sake will not encourage users to take up these exciting new devices. It is up to us to deliver applications that engage and encourage users to use these products.


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New devices and applications are continually evolving to ensure mobile devices play an ever increasing role in our lives. Mobile email and internet are now considered normal applications within a large percentage of handsets.

The introduction of the i-phone and Blackberry Storm have re-kindled interest in Smart phone devices with the emphasis on entertainment via music and high quality cameras.


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Nokia are currently developing flexible displays which could lead to a whole new way in which mobile phonesare used.


Phones you are likely to see in the very near future will have integrated projectors which opens up massive opportunities for the Education environment……..

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Excalibur lead to a whole new way in which

Are you ready ?