SOURCE: Onset Technology

May 14, 2008 07:01 ET

Top U.S. Bank Chooses Onset's METAmessage Mobile Device Manager for Large BlackBerry Smartphone Deployment

Solution Enables Fast and Easy Management of Updates, Third-Party Applications for 30k+ Smartphones

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - Onset Technology, a leading developer of applications for smartphones, announced today the purchase of 30k+ licenses of METAmessage® Mobile Device Manager by one of the top three U.S. banks by market value. The bank purchased Mobile Device Manager to help administer its considerable deployment of BlackBerry® smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM).

METAmessage® Mobile Device Manager provides a variety of tools to help IT manage BlackBerry smartphone deployments. For example, the solution takes advantage of the "push" capabilities of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server to let IT staff quickly and easily send new applications to smartphones and upgrade existing applications. According to bank officials, with METAmessage Mobile Device Manager, IT staff now spend a tenth of the time on application deployments than they used to spend, a dramatic savings in both time and money.

"The bank supports tens of thousands of BlackBerry smartphones, and this can be a significant IT task, especially with users working across several continents," said Hagai Vered, Onset's vice president of research and development. "By facilitating centralized administration and reducing the overhead for managing applications, we've helped lighten the load. With the considerable amount of time saved, the bank's return on investment (ROI) was achieved in a matter of weeks."

METAmessage Mobile Device Manager, installed at a number of large U.S. banking and other financial institutions, works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server to offer the following capabilities:

--  Increases the success rate of application push deployment
--  Allows scheduling of application distribution to off-peak hours to
    minimize impact on users and reduce the load on the BlackBerry Enterprise
    Server
--  Improved overview and control through detailed BlackBerry smartphone
    inventory reports of users, modules, and applications
--  Web-Console with Role-Based Administration for centralized
    administration of users and devices across multiple BlackBerry Enterprise
    Servers (BES)
    

METAmessage is implemented by more than 1,400 customers with over 150,000 users as a complete, out-of-the-box solution for BlackBerry smartphones. Emergency Communications ensures effective messaging in the event of a loss of enterprise network, email, or back-end infrastructure. Advanced Paging eliminates the need to carry both a pager and a BlackBerry smartphone. The Advanced Compliance Tool makes it easy to meet federal and state regulations for PIN/SMS/MMS message archiving and controls sensitive message content. Professional provides access to network files, spell checking, printing anywhere, custom message alerts, and much more.

About Onset Technology

Founded in 1997, Onset Technology is the creator of METAmessage®, a suite of unique software solutions that enhance the functionality of smartphone deployments. METAmessage® offers solutions for carriers, enterprises (CIOs, IT administrators, mobile professionals), public-safety officials and first responders. Since its introduction, METAmessage has been widely adopted by Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies. Onset has developed extensive experience and methodologies for working with large multinational enterprises, system integrators and tier-1 carriers worldwide.

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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