IBM Traveler overview

IBM Traveler provides automatic, two-way, over-the-air syncing between IBM® Domino® servers and wireless handheld devices, including Android devices, and select mobile devices running the Exchange ActiveSync protocol, such as Apple, Windows™ Phone and BlackBerry 10 devices. IBM Traveler syncs mail, calendar and address book data in real time. On some select clients, To Do and Journal data are also synchronized.

New mail messages from the IBM Domino server arrive on your device automatically and can trigger a notification event, such as a tone or a device vibration. Updates made on the device, such as sending a new mail message or changing a calendar entry, sync with the server as soon as a network connection is available.

IBM Traveler provides a simple, easy-to-use interface with a minimal number of configuration settings. You can customize how much data is synced with the device to optimize the use of device memory and communication bandwidth.

The IBM Traveler server is installed on a computer running IBM Domino 9. For basic configurations, the IBM Traveler component operates immediately following installation with minimal input required from an administrator. For highly available configurations, additional steps are required to enable multiple traveler servers to operate in a high availability pool. Day-to-day administrator activities are performed using the IBM Domino Administrator client or IBM Traveler Web Administration and the IBM Domino remote administration console. IBM Traveler uses the Domino directory to automatically look up and find users, as a result there is no manual enrollment procedure.

If you are an IBM Notes® or IBM iNotes® user, then you are already enabled as a IBM Traveler user. Mobile handheld device users only must install the client software depending on the device, and direct the device to a IBM Traveler server. The device automatically registers with the server and syncing begins immediately for the device.

The primary method for IBM Traveler clients communicating with the IBM Domino server is through an over-the-air communication channel. Examples include, cellular General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), WiFi (802.11x) or 3G. The IBM Traveler client works with any secure virtual private network (VPN) installed on the device. It also provides integrated support with IBM Mobile Connect. By using IBM Mobile Connect, you take advantage of the roaming and secure communication features that logically extend the enterprise network to the mobile device, regardless of the physical network that the device is using. The IBM Traveler client can connect using public GPRS or GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) networks and still maintain the security and presence of being on a company intranet. Data transmitted between the device and server is compressed to reduce the data traffic to a minimum, which is important over slow traffic links.

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