CommuniGate Brings ActiveSync to BlackBerrys

CommuniGate Systems is enabling an ActiveSync-type two-way, over-the-air synchronization of e-mail, calendar information and contact data on BlackBerries, dubbed AstraSync. It’s the fruit of a partnership with developer MailSite Software Inc..

The functionality means that users can synchronize a BlackBerry through a secure connection directly to a customer’s CommuniGate Pro server, thus forgoing the need to acquire and deploy middleware like the BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server options from Research in Motion Ltd.. It’s the same ActiveSync functionality that’s built into the iPhone and Windows Mobile devices.

AstraSync can be installed over-the-air and provides a simple configuration wizard for the username, password and address of the CommuniGate Pro server. After the initial configuration, AstraSync runs silently in the background. Updates on the server are immediately pushed over-the-air to the BlackBerry and vice versa.

“With this partnership AstraSync will broaden its market share with the carriers, traditional service providers and enterprise customers served by CommuniGate Pro,” said John Davies, founder and president of MailSite, in a statement. “AstraSync for CommuniGate Pro offers a simplified architecture with higher security and improves reliability.”

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