Wap lets students ring for results

January 26, 2001

Wap technology may spare German students a trip to the examination office to get their results - they will be able to call them up on their mobile phones instead.

The higher education information system (His) will present a pilot version of the software it has developed for university administrations at the 2001 CeBIT computer trade fair in Hanover. His is a non-profit body serving higher education and ministries. It runs Germany's central admissions system.

"The mobile phone generation of school pupils will soon be flooding into the universities, so the His-Wap development comes at just the right time," said Ludwig Leute of His in Hanover.

Students with Wap-compatible mobile phones will be able to access university exam data that have been loaded on to the internet. The software ensures that only people with the right entitlement can access the information.

His is working on ways to develop the software so that students will also be able to send or alter information for tasks such as registering for an exam.

"So far, we only know sketchy details of the possibilities this technology will bring, but they are likely to be enormous," Dr Leute said.

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