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Unicon Launches services for Jasig's uMobile

Open source ed tech services provider Unicon is launching new services for uMobile, a project of Jasig that provides a framework for delivering information to mobile devices.

Jasig is a consortium of higher education institutions and commercial organizations from around the world dedicated to the development and promotion of open source software to benefit colleges and universities.

Among Jasig's projects is uPortal, an open source enterprise portal that's built on Java, XML, JSP, and Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technologies, providing a framework for building portals with standards-based integration (including authentication and security applications), single login, and customization.

Unicon is a Jasig contributor and offers services for uPortal in the areas of deployment, customization, integration, and general support for education organizations.

The uMobile project is built on the uPortal framework and provides portal-like functionality on mobile devices, initially with features like campus maps, directories, RSS feeds, calendars, course schedules, campus news, and other tools common to mobile portal apps. Early development has focused on providing native apps and browser-based portal functionality on iOS and Android devices.

For the uMobile platform specifically, Unicon reported it's now providing planning and implementation services, development training, Market/App Store submissions, app validation, branding, integration, and tech support. Unicon is also offering custom development and hosting.

Current higher education contributors to uMobile include Cornell University, Oakland University, Southwestern University, Ohio University, the University of Hull, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and Yale University.

Further details about uMobile can be found on Jasig's site.

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