Motient Adds Melard Technologies' Field Service Computer to its Nationwide Wireless Data Network

New Windows(R) CE-Based Handheld Computer Expands Service Offerings and

Revenue Potential for Motient



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Motient Corporation

    RESTON, Va. and ARMONK, N.Y., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 Motient Corporation (Nasdaq:   MTNT), a leading network provider of wireless
 data communications, and Melard Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of
 business-to-business mobile and wireless data systems and services, have
 announced the availability of Melard's new SIDEARM All-Terrain Handheld PC(TM)
 computer on the Motient network(TM). The SIDEARM is a highly portable, rugged
 handheld computer that runs on the Microsoft Windows CE modular operating
 system and, coupled with the Motient network, provides immediate wireless
 access to the Internet and critical information.
     Motient owns and operates the nation's largest two-way wireless data
 network, and has been providing reliable and cost-effective wireless
 communications for the field service industry for more than 10 years. The
 Motient network supports a range of devices and services, and provides
 unparalleled connectivity inside and outside buildings.
     "The addition of the SIDEARM demonstrates Motient's corporate initiative
 to expand our range of services and add new customers to our network," said
 Peter Belman, vice president of marketing for Motient. "We enable our
 customers to choose the operating system or device that best fits their
 specific needs, and benefit from the reliability and reach of our nationwide
 wireless network. The SIDEARM allows Motient to serve customers that are
 comfortable with the widely popular Windows CE platform."
     "We are extremely pleased to have the SIDEARM available on the Motient
 network," said Russell Schmidt, vice president of marketing for Melard. "We
 have several customers using Melard products in conjunction with the Motient
 network and we are confident that Motient will remain an integrated part of
 our field service offerings."
     Melard's SIDEARM has a 206MHz Intel(R) StrongARM processor that provides
 fast performance without compromising power consumption, and can run a wide
 variety of applications created specifically for the CE platform. The
 SIDEARM's innovation in power management allows for up to 16 hours of
 operation on a single charge.
 
     About Melard Technologies
     Melard Technologies improves the productivity and quality of the mobile
 workforce by providing a full line of professional services and a breadth of
 mobile and wireless hardware and software solutions. Since 1983, it has
 designed, manufactured and marketed ruggedized hardware platforms, application
 software and related computer peripherals for use by the mobile workforce.
 The Company has successfully deployed thousands of mobile and wireless data
 systems to mobile professionals in the field service, telecommunications,
 cable and utility industries. Melard's robust integration of wireless
 communications capabilities delivers measurable advantages in network coverage
 that enable field operations to optimize productivity, performance and
 responsiveness.
     Melard Technologies, Inc. is based in Armonk, New York. Additional
 information can be found on the Company's Web site at www.melard.com.
 
     About Motient
     Motient (www.motient.com) owns and operates an integrated
 terrestrial/satellite network and provides a wide range of two-way mobile and
 Internet communications services principally to business-to-business customers
 and enterprises. The company provides eLink(SM) and BlackBerry(TM) by Motient
 two-way wireless email service to customers accessing email through corporate
 servers, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Mail Service Provider (MSP)
 accounts, and paging network suppliers. Motient serves a variety of markets
 including mobile professionals, telemetry, transportation, field service, and
 nationwide voice dispatch offering coverage to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the
 U.S. Virgin Islands, and hundreds of miles of U. S. coastal waters.
     NOTE:  Motient is a trademark and eLink is a service mark of Motient
 Corporation. The BlackBerry and RIM family of related marks, images and
 symbols are the exclusive properties of, and trademarks of Research In Motion
 Limited. BlackBerry by Motient -- used by permission.
     Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in
 the forward-looking statements in this news release are described in Motient
 Corporation's registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-42104) and in
 Motient's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999 and
 its other periodic filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission. Copies of such reports and filings are available upon request from
 Motient.
 
 

SOURCE Motient Corporation
    RESTON, Va. and ARMONK, N.Y., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 Motient Corporation (Nasdaq:   MTNT), a leading network provider of wireless
 data communications, and Melard Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of
 business-to-business mobile and wireless data systems and services, have
 announced the availability of Melard's new SIDEARM All-Terrain Handheld PC(TM)
 computer on the Motient network(TM). The SIDEARM is a highly portable, rugged
 handheld computer that runs on the Microsoft Windows CE modular operating
 system and, coupled with the Motient network, provides immediate wireless
 access to the Internet and critical information.
     Motient owns and operates the nation's largest two-way wireless data
 network, and has been providing reliable and cost-effective wireless
 communications for the field service industry for more than 10 years. The
 Motient network supports a range of devices and services, and provides
 unparalleled connectivity inside and outside buildings.
     "The addition of the SIDEARM demonstrates Motient's corporate initiative
 to expand our range of services and add new customers to our network," said
 Peter Belman, vice president of marketing for Motient. "We enable our
 customers to choose the operating system or device that best fits their
 specific needs, and benefit from the reliability and reach of our nationwide
 wireless network. The SIDEARM allows Motient to serve customers that are
 comfortable with the widely popular Windows CE platform."
     "We are extremely pleased to have the SIDEARM available on the Motient
 network," said Russell Schmidt, vice president of marketing for Melard. "We
 have several customers using Melard products in conjunction with the Motient
 network and we are confident that Motient will remain an integrated part of
 our field service offerings."
     Melard's SIDEARM has a 206MHz Intel(R) StrongARM processor that provides
 fast performance without compromising power consumption, and can run a wide
 variety of applications created specifically for the CE platform. The
 SIDEARM's innovation in power management allows for up to 16 hours of
 operation on a single charge.
 
     About Melard Technologies
     Melard Technologies improves the productivity and quality of the mobile
 workforce by providing a full line of professional services and a breadth of
 mobile and wireless hardware and software solutions. Since 1983, it has
 designed, manufactured and marketed ruggedized hardware platforms, application
 software and related computer peripherals for use by the mobile workforce.
 The Company has successfully deployed thousands of mobile and wireless data
 systems to mobile professionals in the field service, telecommunications,
 cable and utility industries. Melard's robust integration of wireless
 communications capabilities delivers measurable advantages in network coverage
 that enable field operations to optimize productivity, performance and
 responsiveness.
     Melard Technologies, Inc. is based in Armonk, New York. Additional
 information can be found on the Company's Web site at www.melard.com.
 
     About Motient
     Motient (www.motient.com) owns and operates an integrated
 terrestrial/satellite network and provides a wide range of two-way mobile and
 Internet communications services principally to business-to-business customers
 and enterprises. The company provides eLink(SM) and BlackBerry(TM) by Motient
 two-way wireless email service to customers accessing email through corporate
 servers, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Mail Service Provider (MSP)
 accounts, and paging network suppliers. Motient serves a variety of markets
 including mobile professionals, telemetry, transportation, field service, and
 nationwide voice dispatch offering coverage to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the
 U.S. Virgin Islands, and hundreds of miles of U. S. coastal waters.
     NOTE:  Motient is a trademark and eLink is a service mark of Motient
 Corporation. The BlackBerry and RIM family of related marks, images and
 symbols are the exclusive properties of, and trademarks of Research In Motion
 Limited. BlackBerry by Motient -- used by permission.
     Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in
 the forward-looking statements in this news release are described in Motient
 Corporation's registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-42104) and in
 Motient's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999 and
 its other periodic filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission. Copies of such reports and filings are available upon request from
 Motient.
 
 SOURCE  Motient Corporation