SOURCE: Onset Technology

September 19, 2006 06:01 ET

Hughes Hubbard and Reed Chooses METAmessage for BlackBerry for Emergency Communications

Solution Provides Top Law Firm With Optimized Continuity-of-Operations (COOP) Capabilities and Delivers Everyday "Beyond Email" Enhancements

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- Onset Technology, a leading developer of "beyond email" applications for wireless handhelds, announced today the completion of a 500-seat sale to international law firm Hughes Hubbard and Reed. The firm has implemented METAmessage® Emergency Communications to ensure uninterrupted messaging in case email or other communications infrastructure goes down. Other features, such as spell checking, printing, and updating time-and-billing, maximize firm revenues and increase productivity. Onset's comprehensive "beyond email" solution is designed for users of the BlackBerry® wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM).

"Using METAmessage to leverage our existing BlackBerry deployment for continuity-of-operations purposes not only gives us an immediate solution, it is also extremely cost effective," said Steve Sommer, CIO of Hughes Hubbard Reed. "Our law firm is well known for maintaining state-of-the-art IT technologies, and implementing METAmessage keeps us at the cutting edge of 'beyond email' capabilities such as using BlackBerry to update time-and-billing, access network files, spell check, and to print anywhere."

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.
"Increasingly, enterprises are recognizing the versatility of the BlackBerry platform," said Eyran Blumberg, Onset's VP of Products. "Email is just the beginning -- being able to set up a sophisticated emergency communications system with existing infrastructure is a tremendous opportunity for any large law firm, and Hughes Hubbard and Reed has taken full advantage."

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™ 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

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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