KeyTools lands first major Australian deal

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KeyTools International today announced that KeyTools Australia had signed a major contract with XF Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd (XFE), for a Mobile Consumption Management System (MCMS), its first major deal in that country.

XFE is involved with nutritional consulting and the distribution through a network of dealers of various products (like the liquid supplement Anipro for example), which improve the health, nutrition of animals and their environmental condition.

The MCMS incorporates the computerisation and mobilisation of the systems associated with the complete business cycle of XFE and its dealers.

"Our present consumption management processes are entirely manual and thus paper-based," commented John Griffin of XFE. "Not surprisingly they have many shortcomings that need to be addressed as a matter of some urgency and by the incorporation of KeyTools` mobile capability we can also eliminate an enormous amount of input duplication. We believe the deployment of this advanced technology will add significant value for our customers through the provision of more accurate, regular and meaningful information, which will enhance their ability to better manage their enterprises."

"This project is an exciting one for us as it incorporates not only the ability to interface to the MYOB software that XFE are utilising but to any other accounting system that users may have installed," added Bill Hakin, MD of KeyTools Australia. Additionally, this project also incorporates the KeyTools TransPhormer product and interfaces to the Itronix Tablet PCs that XFE and its dealers will be using. The latter is also a device that also has the capability of reading iButton technology (a computer chip enclosed within a stainless steel locket) that is associated with and attached to the animal feeding troughs."

"Mobile applications and mobile applications development are still at the leading edge of technology and require an approach that is very much `out of the box`," concluded Richard Chalk, Founder and CEO of KeyTools International. "XFE management have been astute enough to recognise this and take the necessary steps that will ensure they stay well ahead of their competition and provide a basis for other innovative initiatives further down the line. I will be monitoring this project closely as its success will help us penetrate the international market through the exploitation of our unique capabilities."

Apart from specific mobile applications such as GlobalOrder, KeyAssess, KeyLife and mobiSCAN; KeyTools has also developed TransPhormer, a browser-independent remote data transfer protocol, which is loaded onto a dedicated server or within a partition of an existing server and is fully scalable. It allows information to be transferred with reduced connectivity time, reduced security risk, reduced data throughput and increased accuracy to a PDA, eg palmtop, laptop and certain smart phones. When activated, TransPhormer enables data transmission via GPRS/GSM, HSCSD, or Bluetooth technologies, between the PDA and a company`s server that is hooked into its database, eg ERP, CRM, support and financial, therefore making mobile application commerce a realistic and cost-effective proposition.

For further information, please contact Richard Chalk at telephone +27 11 467 5801; fax +27 11 467 5800; e-mail, or Bill Hakin in Australia at telephone +61 2 9428 1911; fax +61 2 9420 8650; e-mail


KeyTools (Pty) Ltd, established in 1993, is a South African-based company specialising in providing mobile hardware, software, applications, integrated solutions and support focused around mobile operating system platforms.

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KeyToolsRichard Bryce Chalk(011) 467
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