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May 16, 2006 04:00 ET

Ascendent Systems Announces First Phase in BlackBerry Integration

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2006) -

New BlackBerry Device Client To Deliver Secure Mobile Desk Phone Functionality

Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2006, Booth 110 - Ascendent Systems, a subsidiary of Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), and a leading provider of enterprise voice mobility solutions, today announced the first phase in a series of technology integrations that will bring comprehensive enterprise voice mobility to the BlackBerry® solution. The first phase will deliver a new client application for BlackBerry handsets and integration with BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ that gives users the ability to easily and securely acquire enterprise dial tone and desk phone identity through the Ascendent® Voice Mobility client for BlackBerry.

Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite is a standards-based software solution that can "push" voice calls and extend corporate desk phone functionality (four digit dialing, call transfer, conference calling, etc.) to mobile users on their wireless handset or wire line phone. The Ascendent Voice Mobility client for BlackBerry extends that capability directly to BlackBerry handsets, making it easy and seamless to initiate and receive calls through the enterprise PBX (Private Branch Exchange) or IP-PBX (Internet Protocol PBX) system. The new client software will also authenticate a user through an encrypted key via BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which in turn authenticates the BlackBerry handset to the phone system. The integration delivers enhanced security and privacy for the enterprise by enabling only authorized handsets to access the voice network. The client application will be available with the upcoming release of Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite 4.2.

"The technology integration of Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite with the BlackBerry platform delivers a user friendly, cost-effective, and secure solution for enterprises and enables an integrated mobile voice and data strategy," said Deborah Miller, Vice President, Ascendent, "Enabling the Ascendent client on BlackBerry will dramatically enhance the mobile experience for users. And enterprises will value the control and improved functionality that can translate into increased productivity and accessibility for their workforce."

Ascendent remains committed to supporting a broad range of phones on the market and offers a CallBack feature in Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite that authenticates virtually any device to the PBX. When a user initiates CallBack, Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite will automatically call the user back on their designated CallBack device (a cell phone, home phone, etc. that is identified in the user's configuration profile) to grant full access to enterprise dial tone and PBX functionality. This enables only approved devices to access the enterprise phone system and provides the advantages of centralizing corporate telecommunications.

Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite is a feature rich solution that provides single number reach, consolidation and access to a single voice mail box, and extends desk phone functionality such as PBX dial tone, call transfer and hold, 4 or 5 digit dialing and conference calling capabilities to mobile users. It provides a consistent experience across a mix of telephony systems and simplifies the migration to newer IP-PBX systems. The solution is ideal for organizations with large numbers of mobile workers-such as executives, telecommuters, traders, military officers, healthcare professionals and plant managers-who need to be reachable, while away from their desks.

About Ascendent Systems

Ascendent Systems, a subsidiary of Research In Motion, is the premier provider of enterprise voice mobility solutions that allow companies to be more responsive to customers and crisis by giving them the power to reach anyone, anywhere, immediately. Partnered with major mobile carrier and infrastructure providers, Ascendent has solutions deployed in Fortune 500 corporations across many industry verticals including manufacturing, finance, healthcare, government, hospitality, and education. For more information: http://www.ascendentsystems.com.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research in Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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