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Pointstreak Announces “Pointstreak Mobile” for BlackBerry Smartphones

Mar 11, 2008

Pointstreak Announces “Pointstreak Mobile” for BlackBerry Smartphones

Toronto, ONPointstreak.com Inc., a privately-held company, announced today the launch of Pointstreak Mobile, a custom software application that enables Pointstreak users to record live game stats during sports events and immediately deliver game information to the Internet from their BlackBerry® smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM). 

Pointstreak, known for its innovation in streamlining the collection and delivery of real-time sports data, has publicly released Pointstreak Mobile version 1.1.0 in order to take advantage of the growing popularity of the BlackBerry® wireless platform. Pointstreak Mobile for BlackBerry will allow users, typically a league scorekeeper or a volunteer parent, to record game stats and deliver live game events to league/association websites from their BlackBerry smartphone. Game data is uploaded directly from the user’s BlackBerry smartphone at the arena or sports field and then fed through Pointstreak’s proprietary stats system, also known as the “Electronic Gamesheet System™©”.

Prior to the development of Pointstreak Mobile, the only options for collecting data at the game were Pointstreak’s ruggedized touch-screen terminals or downloadable software on the user’s own laptop or PC; both of which have inherent limitations when it comes to mobility and connectivity. With Pointstreak Mobile, customers can use their existing BlackBerry smartphones to record and post games instead of investing in new or specialized hardware.

Most significantly, the key advantage of Pointstreak Mobile is the intrinsic mobility of a BlackBerry smartphone in areas or situations where traditional Internet access is problematic or non-existent. The ubiquity of cellular Internet access means that Pointstreak Mobile will be able to operate in remote geographical areas or arenas that do not have traditional cable-based Internet. The connectivity advantage of the BlackBerry platform is central to Pointstreak’s strategy in pursing field sports such as lacrosse and soccer, in which the activity takes place outdoors on fields, typically away from power supplies, Ethernet taps or cable networks.

“The launch of Pointstreak Mobile changes the game completely,” said Scott Secord, Pointstreak’s President / CEO. “Before Pointstreak Mobile, you had to go through the process of ensuring the facility had appropriate Internet access as well as ensure the customer had the required computer hardware to operate Pointstreak. Now a scorekeeper can go anywhere with network coverage and use their BlackBerry smartphone to score and upload games to the web. We are excited to work with RIM to open new markets and eliminate many of the barriers our customers experience in adopting our industry leading sports software.”

Pointstreak Mobile is compatible with all current generations of BlackBerry smartphones*.

* Check with Pointstreak for which BlackBerry smartphones are supported. 

About Pointstreak:

Pointstreak is the leading provider of real-time scoring and advanced league administration and statistical systems for league-based sports organizations. Pointstreak's product line includes solutions for amateur and recreational sports leagues as well as for professional, collegiate, and junior leagues. Pointstreak's patented technology and products are designed to save sports organizations time, money, and effort. More information can be found on Pointstreak’s website at www.pointstreak.com 

For media inquires, please contact Gregg Sayer, Vice President of Communications at (604) 734-3505 or by email at gregg@pointstreak.com.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

 





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