|Summus and Snapfish to Create LeadingWireless Photo Offering; New Application IsPowered by BlueFuel(TM) Architecture|
RALEIGH, N.C. and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.,
July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Summus, Inc. (USA) (OTC Bulletin Board: SUMU - News), a leader in the development of efficient information processing solutions for mobile and wireless devices,
and Snapfish, the nation's leading online photo service, today announced
they have signed a multi-year revenue-sharing agreement whereby the two
companies will develop and co-market Snapfish Mobile, a new wireless
personal photo application powered by BlueFuel(TM), Summus' multimedia
architecture for wireless and mobile devices. The Snapfish Mobile
application will target Snapfish's customer base of over three million and
other wireless users. It will offer users the ability to access their images
on the Snapfish network via a wireless phone and in the future via a PDA.
Snapfish Mobile is targeted for release by major wireless carrier networks
beginning in the third quarter of this year. InfoTrends estimates that
online photo services revenue is growing 30 percent to 40 percent per year
and will reach $200M by 2006.
Under the terms of the agreement, Summus will work with Snapfish to develop
the Snapfish Mobile application for use on the BREW, J2ME and Pocket PC
platforms. The business terms of the agreement include revenue sharing
between the two companies from the Snapfish Mobile application. Snapfish,
whose members have over 50 million images online, plans to actively promote
the application to its members.
"Snapfish Mobile is positioned to be the leader in wireless imaging as we
leverage our customer base and apply our successful strategy of ease of use
and best value," said Raj Kapoor, president and co-founder of Snapfish. "We
selected Summus' BlueFuel architecture due to its enhanced functionality
that enables the delivery of high quality images over wireless networks
faster and more efficiently than other multimedia architectures."
Snapfish Mobile will be a competitively priced wireless photo service that
will give users the ability to view online photos and slide shows, order
prints from their mobile phone and share photos from the phone to any e-mail
address using their Snapfish address book. Snapfish Mobile will be developed
to enable end-users to easily upgrade to Summus' exego(TM) service. With
exego, wireless subscribers can access multimedia messaging and instant
exchange, which allows them to also send and receive documents,
spreadsheets, presentations, and other files from any e-mail address.
Snapfish Mobile users who upgrade to exego will have access to Snapfish
Mobile features as well.
The BlueFuel platform will enable Snapfish Mobile users to quickly access
and download their images. The two companies will also collaborate on the
development of future image functionality, such as instant notification of
new photos in their online account and enabling users to capture images off
of their camera phone and store them on the Snapfish Web site.
"The market for wireless photo services is a great revenue opportunity for
online photo companies," said Chris Kremer, executive vice president of
sales & marketing at Summus. "Snapfish is a market leader, positioned to be
the first to offer new wireless photo services. Our partnership enables us
to bring an exciting new photo service to millions of wireless subscribers."
Founded in 1999, the award-winning Snapfish is the leading online photo
service offering the best value and unbeatable ease of use in digitization,
printing, processing, editing, sharing and storage services. Snapfish was
rated the top online photo service in a survey from PC Data and received top
quality ratings from Popular Photography. Snapfish targets the majority of
the population owning film cameras, in addition to the growing number of
digital camera users. When customers send film into Snapfish, they get a
full set of prints on Kodak paper and a password-protected online album they
can then use to edit, organize and share their photos. Digital camera users
can also take advantage of free online sharing and unlimited storage, plus
quality prints on Kodak paper. Additional information is available at
Summus, Inc. (USA) based in Raleigh, N.C., has developed a series of
solutions to change the way information is communicated. Summus' solutions
can be used to enable faster and more efficient delivery of rich media and
more efficient access to information using wireless and mobile devices such
as cell phones and personal digital assistant devices (PDAs). Summus'
solutions are currently being used for such diverse purposes as scanning
underwater mines for the U.S. Navy and capturing license plate images for
EZPass. Trademarked products include the multi award-winning video email
application, MaxxNote(TM), a ZDNet Editor's pick. For more information visit