Aether Systems and MICROS Form Alliance To Develop Wireless Technology Applications for the Hospitality Industry
Companies to Create Method to Pay Restaurant Bills with Wireless Devices
Owings Mills, Md. & Columbia, Md. — July 27, 2000 — Aether Systems, Inc.† (Nasdaq: AETH), a leading provider of wireless data products and services and MICROS Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRS), a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality industry, have formed an alliance to jointly develop wireless technology products and services for the hospitality industry.†
Initially, the companies plan to create an application that will allow consumers to use wireless devices including phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and two-way pagers to view and pay tabs at restaurants and other hospitality venues such as ballparks or theme parks.† In addition, the companies plan to develop and market a wireless area network product for the hospitality industry that would allow managers to use wireless devices to more effectively monitor and manage staff and equipment.
Aether plans to add these products and services to its “mobile wallet,” currently being developed to provide a range of commerce applications via wireless devices.† MICROS and Aether will begin development in the next several weeks with plans for pilot programs during the fourth quarter.
“With over 120,000 systems in use at the most popular restaurants and entertainment venues around the world, MICROS is clearly an outstanding partner for extending our mobile wallet application to the hospitality industry,” said Aether General Manager of Wireless Commerce, Rod Stambaugh.† “By combining our expertise in wireless technology with their state-of-the-art systems and global reach, we planto deliver an exciting new suite of products and services.”
Terms of the agreement stipulate MICROS will be the preferred provider for Aether in the hospitality industry.† The companies also plan to develop joint marketing plans for the wireless products and services they create.†
“As a leader in information technology for the hospitality industry, it is vital for MICROS to be allied with a strong IT provider to create superior wireless solutions,” stated Thomas L. Patz, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and General Counsel for MICROS Systems. “Working with Aether, we will be able to offer customers the innovative, functional products they have come to expect from MICROS.“
About Aether Systems, Inc.
Aether Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless and mobile data products and services allowing real-time communications and transactions across a full range of devices and networks. Using its engineering expertise, the ScoutWareš family of products including the Aether Intelligent Messaging (AIM) software platform, and its network operations and customer care center, Aether seeks to provide comprehensive, technology-independent wireless and mobile computing solutions. Aether develops and delivers wireless data services across a variety of industries and market segments in the United States and internationally.
About MICROS Systems
MICROS Systems, Inc. provides enterprise applications for the hospitality industry worldwide. Over 120,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, and leisure and entertainment operations in more than 130 countries. MICROS provides property management systems and central reservation and customer information solutions under the brand MICROS-Fidelio for more than 10,000 hotels worldwide. MICROS stock is traded through NASDAQ under the symbol MCRS.
For more information on MICROS and its advanced information technology solutions for the hospitality industry, please contact Louise Casamento, Manager, Marketing Communications at (443) 285-8144 or (800) 638-0985.† You can also visit the MICROS website at www.micros.com or send an email to email@example.com.
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