Google and Sprint to lead sessions on NFC technology and Mobile Commerce
Sprint Open Solutions Conference to be a green event utilizing NFC
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 26, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) announced today that Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) agreed to be a Premier Sponsor for its 11th annual Open Solutions Conference and will be giving the first 1,500 registered attendees a free Nexus S™ 4G from Google™ device with one month of service.*
The conference, Nov. 2-4 in Santa Clara, Calif., gives developers, enterprises and entrepreneurs information on creating innovative applications and solutions on the Sprint network. Registration is now open at http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2011.
Near Field Communication (NFC) is technology that allows consumers to simply tap their NFC-capable device, such as a wireless phone, near an NFC reader to obtain information or to use it as a credit card or mobile wallet. Sprint, together with Google, is the first U.S. carrier to roll out an app – Google Wallet — using NFC capability for purchases in retail stores.
As part of its commitment to environmental responsibility, the Sprint Open Solutions Conference will be a “green” event. Attendees will be able to use their Nexus S 4G device to obtain information from sponsors, exhibits and at breakout sessions eliminating the need for brochures and paper materials. Each booth in the convention center will have an NFC tag or smart poster that will allow participants to tap and receive product or service information.
In addition, throughout the conference space, users will find smart posters and NFC-enabled vending machines to take advantage of the technology and learn more about its uses.
Mobile commerce and NFC sessions
During the conference, Sprint and Google will be leading several sessions that focus on NFC and mobile commerce:
- Sprint Mobile Commerce – session demonstrating how to leverage mobile commerce within an application or solution. Mobile commerce can help provide a wider product reach, reduce transaction costs and streamline business processes.
- NFC and Mobility – informative session on business opportunities around Google Wallet and utilizing NFC technology.
- Leveraging NFC Technology – hands-on coding session on how to incorporate NFC technology into applications and wireless solutions to make them richer and more useful for consumers.
“As an environmental leader in the industry, we are pleased to use NFC technology and the Nexus S 4G devices to make this our first green conference,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Product, Sprint. “We are excited to see the innovative and useful applications and solutions that developers, business leaders and entrepreneurs create after experiencing the power of NFC technology throughout the Open Solutions Conference.”
Throughout the three-day conference, developers will learn about Sprint’s open enablement strategy, creating applications for 4G and 3D, how Sprint’s machine-to-machine (M2M) ecosystem is generating innovative solutions in transportation and other sectors, go-to-market strategies, approaches to make developers more profitable, and current Sprint tools and capabilities across devices, networks and platforms. The conference will also feature sessions focused on the enterprise market, including topics related to trends in business applications and devices, Android strategy, mobile security, mobile ecosystem strategies, M2M-specific solutions development, next generation Sprint Direct Connect, managed mobility and cloud services.
Additional events at the Open Solutions Conference include hands-on coding sessions, breakout sessions, event sponsor exhibits, town hall meetings, keynote presentations from industry leaders, and networking opportunities for developers. The conference will include 4G and M2M demonstration areas. A preliminary agenda for the Open Solutions Conference is now posted on the Sprint Developer website.
The registration cost is $350. Developers can register and find additional information about the Open Solutions Conference at http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2011.
|2011 Sprint Open Solutions Conference Sponsors|
|Research in Motion|
|Bug Labs||PCD Phones|
About Sprint Developer Program
Sprint offers customers access to thousands of apps and data services and a variety of award-winning smartphones that use Android, RIM, Palm webOS or Microsoft Windows® platforms. Established in 2001, the Sprint Developer Program provides tools and resources for developers to have access to capabilities unique to the Sprint’s networks enabling them to create innovative applications. Sprint views the developer community as a forum for creativity, and offers developers’ access to more APIs than any other carrier to make their apps richer.
Visit http://developer.sprint.com to learn more about the Sprint Developer Program and to take advantage of the resources and tools available to developers.
The Emerging Solutions Group (ESG), a division of Sprint Business, is an industry leader in M2M and embedded solutions. ESG delivers a full complement of assets critical to successful M2M and embedded solutions deployments. These include network agnostic capabilities (including 3G, 4G, CDMA, iDEN and a reliable Tier 1 IP network; specialized industry solutions engineering teams; an open approach to devices and applications through the company’s Open Device Initiative; an expansive M2M ecosystem; and the ability to provide customized solutions that can include distribution, branding, billing and customer care services. To learn more, visit www.sprint.com/m2m.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 52 million customers at the end of 2Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
*The Nexus S™ 4G from Google™ will be provisioned with Sprint wireless voice and data service for 30 days. Following the 30 day period, the device must be activated on a Sprint service plan to continue use on the Sprint network.
Kristin Wallace, 404-649-8222