LOS ANGELES, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hartcourt Companies Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: HRCT; Frankfurt: HCT), ( www.hartcourt.com ), today announced that its SinoBull subsidiary, UAC Stock Exchange Online, has developed the ``Pocket 162,'' a revolutionary secure wireless solution for Chinese-based users that provides Internet access as well as online trading capabilities for Chinese investors and brokerages.
This Wireless Application Protocol (``WAP'') enabled hand-held device, which offers anywhere, anytime wireless Internet access was successfully demonstrated at a recent financial technology workshop in Beijing that was jointly organized by UAC Stock Exchange Online, China Telecom, the Beijing Government Technology Council, and the National Telephone & Telegraph Bureau. With China Telecom (``CT'') developing its own WAP applications ( www.169wap.net ), UAC has been granted a license to use CT's technology for the ``Pocket 162'' and other PDAs that UAC is developing for use in China's emerging wireless market.
``Pocket 162'' is the first product of its kind to provide Internet access in Chinese language and color images while providing a real-time secure online trading environment for mobile users accessing the UAC162 Network. The technical team at UAC Stock Exchange Online developed this solution by adapting Hewlett Packard hand-held PCs and Microsoft's Windows CE operating system to the SinoBull stock trading platform, which is currently being employed by several of China's top securities firms. The integrated ``Pocket 162'' product dimensions are 7.4 x 3.7 x 1.3 inches (18.9 x 9.5 x 3.4 cm) and weighs 1.1 lbs. (510 g) with battery, wireless PC card and antenna.
UAC Stock Exchange Online is the first and only operating agent of the 162 data network, known as ChinaPAC, a virtual private network extending throughout China that was designed to quickly transmit sensitive financial data in a secure mode. With many of China's Web surfers deeply worried about network security, SinoBull provides a secure medium for investors to make stock transactions with their brokerage firm.
Simon Zhang, President of UAC Stock Exchange Online, said, ``With this newly developed solution, a mobile investor can execute online stock trades whenever the user turns on an HP or Windows CE handheld PC equipped with our 'Pocket 162' technology. No dial-up is required for access to SinoBull's online trading portal and with a paid subscription the user can also access the Internet via Microsoft's standard web browser. The introduction of 'Pocket 162' proves that we are assuming a leadership position in making the mobile Internet a reality in China through our collaboration and strategic alliance with China Telecom.''
Dr. Charlie Yang, Chief Operating Officer of Hartcourt, stated, ``With today's financial markets moving at a faster pace, it's important for our customers to stay connected, even when they are on the move. The successful introduction and demonstration of the 'Pocket 162' mobile Internet solution is another indication that SinoBull Group has the capabilities to develop leading edge technologies and deliver market needed practical solutions at affordable prices. We expect that our customers will be very interested in this new and compelling product.''
About China Telecom
China Telecom is the major telecommunications Service provider in China. The Data Communications Bureau (DCB) of China Telecom has established public data networks including ChinaNet (163), ChinaInfo (169), as well as ChinaPAC (162) utilized by UAC Stock Exchange Online. These networks cover more than 4,000 cities across China, providing many types of data services to Chinese customers across the country.
About The SinoBull Group and UAC Stock Exchange Online
SinoBull Group and its subsidiary, UAC Stock Exchange Online, is a financial services integrator that enables China-based brokerage firms to provide online stock trading to its customers over SinoBull's secure nationwide Virtual Private Network UAC162, which is separate from the Internet. The SinoBull.com portal acts as secure docking station between the Internet and the UAC162 intranet, providing the best of both worlds (Internet access by investors to input trade decisions & transactions delivered and processed over a secure network by correspondent brokerage offices). SinoBull's clients are among the leading securities firms in China, including giant China Securities(Hua Xia Securities, www.csc.com.cn), Guosen Securities ( www.guosen.com.cn), Xiangcai Securities ( www.xcsc.com ) and Anshan Securities. SinoBull is recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive financial information on China's markets by its content relationships with Yahoo! China ( on.yahoo.com/fnews/sinobull), subsidiary of Yahoo!
The Hartcourt Companies, Inc. is a holding and development company that is building a network of Internet and telecommunication service companies in The People's Republic of China (China), including Hong Kong, in partnership with Chinese entrepreneurs as well as Chinese government-owned entities. Its mission is to become one of the leading broadband applications infrastructure providers in Asia, including developing broadband networks and vertical market focused content for broadband applications. Detailed information on Hartcourt can be obtained via the company's Web site, www.hartcourt.com