Handspring and Neomar Announce Strategic Alliance for the Enterprise Market

Partnership blends Neomar's Real Mobility framework with Handspring's Treo communicators and Visor handhelds

December 17, 2001
Press Release





SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- December 17, 2001 -- Handspring (NASDAQ: HAND), a leading innovator of handheld computers and personal communicators, and Neomar, a leading developer of wireless enterprise software solutions, today announced a strategic sales and marketing relationship. The companies will work together on joint product evaluation, testing and training as well as marketing and sales of Handspring's Treo communicators and Visor handhelds with Neomar's mobile infrastructure software to corporate customers.

Neomar's Real Mobility framework addresses the current limitations of wireless networks and brings additional functionality to handheld devices in support of enterprise applications, to improve usability and reduce enterprise costs. The company's offerings provide wireless users with secure, reliable data transport, improved performance, and enhanced feature support for applications beyond email and PIM on handheld devices. Neomar's adherence to open standards such as WAP and SNMP eases integration with existing back-end applications and management infrastructure, and lowers the total cost of ownership for enterprise customers.

"As the market for wireless enterprise solutions continues to mature and adoption becomes more widespread, cooperation between device manufacturers and software developers will be essential," said Sarah Kim, analyst of wireless/mobile technologies for the Yankee Group. "This alliance will provide IT organizations with must-have security and manageability in their wireless applications initiatives."
Handspring's Treo communicators and Visor handhelds are uniquely positioned in the enterprise market due to the flexibility of the platform and the innovative design and user experience built into the product families. Both Treo and Visor offer elegant solutions, while also encouraging cost savings and streamlined IT management. The consistency of the Springboard architecture in the over 65 modules shipping today offer expansion solutions that can be used across the organization while standardizing on the Visor. Treo brings a greater level of usability, convenience and value by combining a powerful organizer with advanced wireless voice and data applications while maintaining a compact size.
"Creating successful mobile solutions for the enterprise requires a device that truly meets the needs of demanding corporate users and software that facilitates mobile access to critical data," said Bobbi Burns, acting director of strategic alliances for Handspring. "Neomar's platform, combined with Treo, provides an excellent, open standards-based security and management solution for enterprise wireless users."
"Handspring has established itself as one of the leading providers of handheld devices in both the personal and enterprise markets," said Martin Buhr, vice president of business development for Neomar. "By combining the features and functionality of the Treo and Visor products with the rich functionality, end-to-end security, and cross platform support of Neomar's server and device software, we believe enterprises can be confident that they're investing in outstanding technology solutions from both companies."

Neomar's products include the Neomar Enterprise Server (NES) version 3.0, the latest of Neomar's advanced server technologies for secure wireless data delivery and management, and the Neomar Microbrowser for handheld devices. With support for WTLS encryption and RSA SecurID®, RADIUS and LDAP authentication, the NES offers enterprise users an unsurpassed choice of standards-compliant solutions for secure applications support. The NES 3.0 features a modular component architecture, enabling Neomar's customers to add new functionality to the server without replacing the NES itself.

About Handspring

Handspring is a leading innovator in personal communications and handheld computing. The company develops, manufactures and markets the Treo family of communicators, the Visor family of expandable handheld computers, and client and server software for fast web access from handheld devices and mobile phones. Founded in 1998, the company established itself as an industry leader with its Springboard platform, which provides a simple and easy method for hardware and software expansion. Today Handspring sells its Visor line of handheld computers and Springboard expansion modules and accessories at www.handspring.com and through select Internet and retail partners in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Middle East.

About Neomar

Neomar is a leading developer of systems management, application delivery and mobile device software for wireless network providers and Fortune 1000 enterprises. Neomar's solutions optimize performance, enable secure delivery, and provide systems management functionality for data, applications, and wireless devices in diverse mobile computing environments. Neomar partners with premier systems integrators, wireless carriers and technology companies to bring a full suite of wireless solutions to business customers. Neomar's partners include 724 Solutions (Nasdaq: SVNX), Aether Systems (Nasdaq: AETH), Bell Mobility (NYSE: BCE), Cingular Wireless (NYSE: SBC; NYSE: BLS), EarthLink (NASDAQ: ELNK), EDS (NYSE: EDS), Handspring (Nasdaq: HAND), IBM (NYSE: IBM), MDSI Mobile Data Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDSI), Motient Corp. (Nasdaq: MTNT), Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Research In Motion Limited (Nasdaq: RIMM). Neomar, a privately held company based in San Francisco, California, was founded in July 1999. For more information, please call 415-403-7300 or visit www.neomar.com.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including the availability of the Treo communicator line of products and required wireless GSM service; and acceptance and demand for communicator and handheld devices and related software in the consumer and enterprise markets. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors including, among others, Handspring's ability to ship Treo communicator products, Visor handhelds, accessories, and Springboard modules in the United States and internationally by the anticipated delivery dates; the willingness of developers to design modules for the Visor line of handheld computers; the adoption of handheld wireless devices as the predominant device for accessing the Internet; consumer acceptance of the products; approval of Treo communicators by GSM wireless carriers; feasibility of pairing Handspring and Neomar products; and the rapid pace of technological change and competitive developments in the handheld computer and wireless industries. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties described in Handspring's most recent Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Handspring assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
Handspring, Treo, the Handspring logo, and Springboard are trademarks of Handspring, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brand and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
Neomar, Neomar Enterprise Server, Neomar Microbrowser, and Real Mobility are trademarks of Neomar, Inc. All other product and company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

For more information:
David WilliamsCXOpen Communications for Neomar, Inc.(650) 342-6647dwilliams@cxopen.com Julie StaskaHandspring, Inc.650.230.5514jstaka@handspring.com Erin DavisSwitzer Communications415.945.7073erin@switz.com


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