Nokia and Sapio to offer complete solution for printing service providers
September 19, 2006 - Espoo, Finland / Stockholm, Sweden - Nokia, the global leader in mobility, and Sapio, a developer of application-based services for wireless devices, today announced that they have signed an agreement where Sapio is to develop, promote and facilitate mobile printing solutions and services in the Nordic region.
Based on the agreement, Sapio is to identify and collaborate with interested service providers in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark in order to upgrade their existing printing infrastructures to support and offer direct mobile printing services to Nokia Nseries users. Sapio enables service providers to deploy and market their services in Nokia Nseries multimedia computers quickly and conveniently. Via seamless integration of their printing services in Nokia Nseries devices, the service provider is able to promote and distribute their service under their own brand directly in the handset.
With no need for a PC or a separate photo printer, Nokia N71, Nokia N73, Nokia N80 and Nokia N93 users can access the printing services in the Nordic countries where the service is available immediately after capture or from the Nokia Nseries device’s Gallery. Users simply need to select the images they want to be printed, select the preferred printing service provider, insert an address and press Order prints. The order is then processed by the service provider and prints will be delivered to the consumer by mail or to an associated retailer where the consumer can pick them up.
“We are delighted that Sapio will help printing providers go mobile with their current online printing services,” said Mikko Pilkama, director, Multimedia, Nokia. “Mobile imaging and online printing are on a rapid growth path, and there is great business potential to be realized by printing service providers in all the Nordic markets. Printing service providers in the Nordic region now have the means to easily expand their current online printing services to allow their existing and new customers to order prints directly from their Nokia Nseries devices. And we firmly believe that customers will greatly appreciate the ease and wide choice of printing options made available to them directly from the handset.”
“Sapio and Nokia will enable printing service providers to truly realize the full potential of the mobile imaging market,” said David Hunter, CEO of Sapio, and added: “The end-to-end solution we are providing creates an easy to use service and this combined with access to established service providers in each market will facilitate the expansion of mobile image printing to the benefit of all concerned.”
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
Sapio AB is a Swedish software company that develops applications for the wireless industry. Sapio have a suite of applications for use on wireless devices using 2.5G and 3G networks. Sapio’s range of applications run on multiple operating systems and includes mobile imaging, mobile ticketing, remote application management, administration and gaming. In addition, we undertake custom developments and consultancy specific to client requirements. Sapio was founded in 1997 and has offices in Stockholm, Sweden.
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