OnStar to Implement General Magic's magicTalk Enterprise Platform
SUNNYVALE, CA - General Magic Inc. (Nasdaq: GMGC), a provider in enterprise voice infrastructure software, announced that OnStar Corp., a subsidiary of General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), will license General Magic's magicTalk Enterprise Platform. In addition, the two companies will work together to migrate the OnStar Virtual Advisor to the magicTalk Enterprise Platform, which enables modification and extension of services through the use of industry standard Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) features and functions. The relationship between General Magic and OnStar began in late 1999 when OnStar selected General Magic to develop and host the voice application behind Virtual Advisor. OnStar Virtual Advisor allows subscribers to access personalized Web-based information such as location-based traffic and weather, in a hands-free voice-activated manner. Under the new one-year agreement, General Magic will continue providing OnStar with voice application development and maintenance services. "General Magic continues to be a valuable partner and our adoption of their magicTalk Enterprise Platform improves our ability and increases our speed of delivery of voice services in the telematics marketplace," said OnStar's Don Butler, vice president, New Business Development. "We're delighted to have the opportunity to provide the magicTalk Enterprise Platform as the foundation for the continued innovation and excellence of the OnStar services," said Kathie Layton, chief executive officer and president of General Magic. "This enhances our leadership position in the market for voice infrastructure software that enables Web and Java developers to rapidly develop and deploy integrated voice and Web enterprise services, which will ultimately affect the convergence of online service with telephone-based services."