Motorola challenges BlackBerry with secure messaging platform

Motorola is directly challenging Research in Motion's dominance of secure handheld messaging in the federal sector with the introduction today of its Good Mobile Messaging Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions platform.

The Good S/MIME platform supports the Motorola Q family of Smartphones, which require no hardware modification to work with the new messaging system. A Motorola spokesperson said the Good S/MIME solution is easier to manage and administrate than other solutions, including RIM's BlackBerry.

Good S/MIME complies with relevant federal requirements, including Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 and Department of Defense Directive 8100.2, in delivering push e-mail from any organization running Microsoft Exchange e-mail servers. The system also supports standard DOD-issued common-access cards and Bluetooth readers to seamlessly secure CAC communication.

Motorola said the competitive advantages of their new system include automatic signing and encryption of attachments, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files, simple three-click pairing of CAC readers and automatic synchronization over the air of certificates.

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