October 24, 2006 at 06:01 AM EDT
Onset Technology's METAmessage Emergency Communications for BlackBerry Chosen by Miami-Dade County
Solution Provides County Agencies With Optimized Emergency Communications and Delivers Everyday "Beyond Email" Enhancements

Onset Technology, a leading developer of beyond email applications for wireless handsets, announced today it is completing a 600-seat sale to Miami-Dade County in southern Florida. The county will implement a combination of METAmessage® Emergency Communications and Professional features in order to ensure effective messaging in the event email infrastructure is lost and to maximize mobile workers' productivity. Onset's comprehensive "beyond email" solution is designed for users of the BlackBerry® wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM).

"We have a strategic, county-wide BlackBerry deployment," said Angel Petisco, Assistant Director for the Enterprise Technology Services Department in Miami-Dade County. "When disasters such as hurricanes occur, we must have uninterrupted communications between multiple agencies, and METAmessage on the BlackBerry platform provides a very effective solution. Users in the field or in command centers can send alerts out to groups all at once, and that kind of immediate messaging is indispensable."

METAmessage Emergency Communications is an out-of-the-box solution for any enterprise or government agency that wants to leverage their BlackBerry deployment into an emergency communications network. The solution lets users:

--  Update accurate PIN addresses automatically;
--  Blast PIN messages to groups and distribution lists;
--  Force message alerts to ensure immediate notifications;
--  Know when messages are received and read; and,
--  Store vital documents on handhelds for access regardless of coverage.
    

"The Florida coast is an extremely volatile environment where messaging systems need added backup capabilities to ensure that they function non-stop," said Eyran Blumberg, Onset's VP of Products. "Miami-Dade County, like many other government agencies, chose to use METAmessage to leverage its considerable BlackBerry deployment. They got a dependable emergency communications solution up-and-running quickly with no added hardware investment."

METAmessage is implemented by over 1,400 enterprise customers with over 150,000 users as a complete, out-of-the-box beyond email solution for BlackBerry. Emergency Communications is a suite of capabilities for BlackBerry that ensures effective messaging in the event of a catastrophic loss of enterprise network, email, or back-end infrastructure. Professional solutions for law, accounting, and professional services firms provide fast access to time-and-billing, CRM, and document-management applications, spell checking, printing anywhere, custom message alerts, and much more.

About Onset Technology

Founded in 1997, Onset Technology is the developer of METAmessage® for Wireless -- a unique software solution that gives business users access to virtually any data on their enterprise network using wireless devices such as the BlackBerry Wireless Handheld(TM) from Research In Motion (RIM). The software is broadly compatible with virtually all wireless devices and servers including those from strategic partners such as Microsoft and RIM, and is sold through a variety of channels including major carriers worldwide. Since its introduction, METAmessage has been widely adopted by Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and a range of large service organizations. For more information, visit www.METAmessage.com.

METAmessage® is a registered trademark of Onset Technology. The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. Other marks are the properties of their respective owners.


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