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Founded in 1996, Proteus was a pioneer in developing dynamic, scalable Internet, wireless and interactive television applications.
Proteus’ first major client was Omnipoint Communications (later acquired by Voicestream & T-Mobile). Other early work focused on database driven applications for Newsweek, The Washington Post, AOL, Sony and Motorola.
In late 1997, Proteus began working with Omnipoint on a first of its kind, text-messaging application allowing Omnipoint customers to push text messages to their phone from www.omnipoint.com.
In 1999, Proteus teamed with Motorola to produce a suite of database driven WAP applications to coincide with the introduction of Motorolaâ€™s first WAP enabled handset, the Timeport.
Perhaps the most exciting wireless milestone in Proteus’ history was the introduction of wireless interactive television during Super Bowl XXXVI. Supported by Motorola and through tight technical integration with FOX Sports, Proteus produced the first on air wireless polling application. Viewers were invited through broadcast television prompts to answer Super Bowl related questions directly from their mobile handsets.
This experience lead to a rich succession of wireless milestones including:
â€¢ The first U.S. TV to SMS application in 2002 (Cingular Wirless NASCAR Virtual Crew Chief) â€¢ AT&T Wireless March Madness Game 2003 (first SMS brackets game) â€¢ HBO’s first foray into mobile gaming (Sex in the City and Sopranos) â€¢ News Corp’s mobile expansion into Latin America in 2006
After nearly a decade of organic growth, Proteus was acquired by Telitas AG and is now owned by 2ergo Ltd. 2ergo is AIM listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:RGO).