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Q lauded, enters WAP arena

Q MULTIMEDIUM’S first series of Q Sport AFL Disqs has won the PC User Magazine Best Multimedia Product award for 2000.

It was presented at the Interact 2000 + IT Expo in Melbourne, the largest expo of its type in the South East Asian region.

The Q Sport AFL Disqs are modern, mini CD-ROM-based version of sports collector cards containing interactive content featuring popular AFL players.

Content includes video game highlights, player interviews, training and skills tips, an interactive quiz and a player’s statistics section that is automatically updated when users go online. All sections are linked with moving graphics and sound effects.

Q Multimedium director Raphe Patmore said the ability to update information from the web site provided the user with a true multimedia experience.

“It does not write new information to the mini CD-ROM, of course, but puts it in a file in the user’s hard drive,” Mr Patmore said.

“All new information is automatically integrated so the user gets the illusion of it all being on the disc. Some sophisticated technical innovation has gone into the development of this product.

“What’s great about it is the fact it drives people to web sites. The user has a physical device in their hand that compels them to use the Internet.

“You can imagine how effective this is with corporate presentations and the like.”

An inaugural series of Australian cricket team player profiles will be released later this year.

The Perth-based company has offices in Melbourne and Singapore and develops multimedia solutions including business presentations and sales kits on CD-ROM, Internet web site design and development, e-commerce applications and wireless application protocol (WAP) applications and services.

Jumbuck Corporation Ltd, a WAP software and systems developer that is 50 per cent owned by Q Multimedium, recently announced the signing of a key contract with major Philippines telecommunication company Globe Telecom.

The contract involves installing Jumbuck’s WAP chat system on Globe’s extensive mobile phone network throughout the Philippines. Globe has a mobile subscriber base of 1.8 million – larger than Optus and Vodaphone (Australia) combined.

Jumbuck launched the world’s first WAP chat room in 1999 and now operates the largest GSM-based chat room on the Internet, recording 2.8 million page impressions in July.

Mr Patmore said Jumbuck planned to develop the software and systems required to provide complex WAP hosting services for enterprises with mission-critical wireless operations.

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