IBM allocates $100M for research in mobile communications

The initiative is led by the director of the company's India lab

IBM is allocating US$100 million to research in mobile communications over the next five years.

The company is investing to create technology in its labs that will bring simple, easy-to-use services to people who no longer use their PCs as the primary way of accessing the Internet, and instead use their mobile devices for managing large forces of enterprise field workers, conducting financial transactions, and for entertainment, shopping, and other activities.

A lot of the research is likely to focus on technologies for emerging markets as in these markets mobile phones rather than PCs have become the preferred Internet access device, a spokesman for IBM Research in India said on Wednesday.

The new research initiative is being led by Guruduth Banavar, who is also director of IBM India Research Laboratory.

Research on mobile communications will be done across all of IBM's research laboratories, the spokesman said.

The India lab has worked on a number of mobile communications technologies including "Spoken Web" that enables local communities to create and disseminate locally relevant content, and interact with e-commerce sites using the spoken word over the telephone instead of the written word.

The pilot for this technology has already started.

The "Spoken Web" technology aims to create a world-wide telecom web of VoiceSites, which can be thought of as websites accessible over voice, and which are situated on a telephony network rather than the Internet, Banavar said in an interview in September.

In another research project, IBM Research Lab in Haifa is working with Taiwan Mobile, a telecommunications services company in Taiwan, to analyze customer information and get business intelligence based on evolving user preferences, users context and transaction history.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobile computingIBMR&D

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?