InfoSpace and KING Announce Strategic Partnership
REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ InfoSpace today announced that KING, a leading multimedia technology integration and manufacturing company, will use InfoSpace's directories and information services on their public access terminals at airports, convention centers, malls, office buildings and hotels. InfoSpace can be seen at http://www.infospace.com.
InfoSpace and KING are building products that will be the storefront for electronic commerce. King has a history of designing award winning 'thin form factor' public space computing devices. These include a multimedia enabled touch screen payphone and a variety of kiosks designed for access to the Internet from public places. Using InfoSpace's services, users will be able to get information on local businesses including maps and door-to-door directions. They will also be able to get the weather and conduct transactions.
"InfoSpace and KING are defining the way that the masses will be accessing information and purchasing products into the 21st century," said Naveen Jain, president of InfoSpace. "People will now have easy access to both local, national and international information from public places."
"InfoSpace has revolutionized the way people find and communicate with businesses and people locally and worldwide," said Peter Richards, President and Chief Executive Officer of KING. "Providing InfoSpace services through KING' MIKO(TM) Plynth and multimedia telephones will provide the public with instant touch screen access to the best directories, electronic commerce transactions and information services."
InfoSpace has been named as one of the "Top 50 Private Technology Companies of the Digital Universe" by The Red Herring September 1997 issue, the leading technology business magazine. InfoSpace is one of the very few profitable companies on the Internet and has continued to build partnerships with independent Yellow Pages publishers, newspapers, television stations, search engines, ISP's, Information Appliances and popular web sites. InfoSpace's strategy of syndicating its content has created an invaluable distribution network.
InfoSpace directory services are licensed by: Lycos; The Microsoft Network; The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition; Compuserve (Nasdaq: CSRV); Playboy (NYSE: PLA); AT&T Worldnet Service (NYSE: T); go2net's MetaCrawler (Nasdaq: GNET); BarnesandNoble.com (NYSE: BKS); CommerceNet; Maine Network; Data Channel and several others. InfoSpace also has strategic partnerships with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), DIBA, Sega and Bandai. Through its relationships with WolfeTech Corporation and Unwired Planet, InfoSpace directories will be available on cellular phones and pagers from GTE Mobilnet (NYSE: GTE), Bell Atlantic/ Nynex and other telecommunications companies. InfoSpace's services are also available on AT&T's cellular phones and pagers.