Onset Announces New METAmessage Emergency Communications Package for BlackBerry

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Onset Technology, a leading developer of software for wireless handheld devices, announced today the availability of a new version of METAmessage – Emergency Communications. This version adds the ability to display immediate, clear updates on which emergency messages have been read and received. The notifications, which appear in an Outlook-like “Preview Pane” that can show complete Sender and Subject information and the first line of the message body for any email or PIN communication, indicate the results of both email and PIN blasts to multiple users and individual messages. The Read/Receipt capability, along with other vital Emergency Communications features, was specifically designed for users of the BlackBerry wireless platform from Research In Motion .


The Read/Receipt feature is supported on devices from all carriers and does not require any carrier-specific applications.

“Our government customers asked for the ability to know, at a glance, who had read emergency messages sent from their BlackBerry handhelds using METAmessage PIN blast,” said Gadi Mazor, Onset’s president and CEO. “With our new preview pane, they can open their Inbox and immediately see how many addressees have received the message and how many have opened it. This is just one of the ways that METAmessage – Emergency Communications will help COOP and public safety teams use BlackBerry for top performance in emergencies as well as upcoming drills.”

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;
– Archive all PIN communications for post-event analysis; and,
– Store vital documents on handhelds for access regardless of coverage.

When used in conjunction with other METAmessage products, BlackBerry users can spell check messages, get contact info from CRM applications, Microsoft® Exchange, or IBM Lotus Notes®, print anywhere, update time-and-billing, set custom message alerts, get quick info, access virtually any information source, and much more.

METAmessage for Wireless also provides Legal, Financial, Professional Services, and Voice solutions for the BlackBerry platform using both BlackBerry Mobile Data Systemâ„¢ and BlackBerry email protocols.