Navara and Birdstep Announce Strategic Partnership to Integrate Ultra Small Footprint XML Database into Circadia on Mobile Handheld Devices

OSLO, Norway, August 7, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Birdstep Technology ASA (OSE:BIRD) and NavaraSoft Ltd. have announced a new strategic partnership. Navara has integrated Birdstep's ultra small footprint XML database into Circadia, Navara's computing application for mobilizing corporate data, on mobile devices. This integration has greatly enhanced the performance of Circadia on devices with limited processing power, limited memory and limited battery capacity.

The award-winning Birdstep Database Engine is the only native XML small footprint database on the market. With its superior performance and native XML-support, it becomes the ideal implementation to store and retrieve XML documents from Circadia.

"Navara's integration of the Birdstep XML Database Engine into Circadia has complimented Navara's use of XML technology enabling Circadia to target all existing mobile devices ranging from Laptops to Smart phones. The combined product will allow Circadia to, "operate on the smallest of devices, with the ability to integrate existing and future functionality's of those devices for the end user," commented Jerry Prine, Managing Director, NavaraSoft Ltd. Mr. Prine added, "The Birdstep Database will enhance Circadia's ability to serve the mobile worker by better access, storage and flexibility in updating mission critical corporate data."

"Navara' s product, Circadia, is the easily adaptable software solution for the fast-emerging Mobile Computing Market. Circadia meets the demands of companies needing to deliver essential business application data to their mobile workforce. Circadia allows customers to gain the full benefit of extending key enterprise business applications to their mobile workforce without the expensive process of re-writing their applications.

Circadia can help optimize field force operations for telecommunications, utilities, retail, IT services, financial services and other market segments to simultaneously increase revenue, reduce operating costs and increase customer loyalty.

"We're very pleased that a leading vendor such as Navara has adopted our Database Engine for their mobile computing application, Circadia," comments Luca Pagni, Partner Manager of Birdstep. "We strongly believe in the benefits of deploying ultra thin database solutions for the mobile workforce, and we look forward to evolving our strategic partnership with an innovative company like Navara."

About Birdstep Technology ASA

Birdstep Technology ASA is the developer of Birdstep Database Engine, an award winning, Ultra Small Footprint data manipulation and storage engine for any kind of data structure. It runs on operating systems such as Win32, Windows CE, Pocket PC, Linux, VxWorks, Elate, Epoc, pSOS, QNX, and Palm/OS. The Birdstep Database Engine is targeted at devices such as mobile phones, PDA's/PWA's and Embedded Systems. In addition to database technology, the company also develops wireless technology infrastructure software such as Birdstep IP Zone Software and Birdstep Intelligent Mobile IP Software. Birdstep was founded in August 1996 and has offices in Oslo, Norway and in San Jose, California, USA.

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About NavaraSoft Ltd.

NavaraSoft, known in the market as Navara is focused on offering solutions that enable mobile or remote users to intelligently access enterprise based business applications. Navara's core product; Circadia, answers the demand from companies needing to mobilize their Technical Support, Customer Service and Remote Sales Force software applications. Circadia's "Application Adapter" technology offers customers a seamless integration tool that allows them to package and distribute critical "Application Data" to their mobile workforce.

Navara develops and markets software solutions for the Mobile Computing market. Headquartered in Shannon, Ireland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Navara has Business Partners in both Europe and the US. For more information go to


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