Ontario Politician Chooses SCO Mobile Smartphone Solution to Manage Campaign

— August 06, 2007


Candidate for Ontario's Provincial Legislature Chooses SCO Mobile GrassRoots(TM) Product to Organize and Execute Re-Election Campaign Using the Web and Smart Phones

SCO Mobile GrassRoots product gives candidate immediate access to constituency's opinions and a secure mobile collaborative and communication tool to effectively manage over 400 campaign staff and volunteer workers

    LINDON, Utah, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The SCO Group, Inc. ("SCO") (Nasdaq: SCOX), a leading provider of UNIX(R) software technology and mobile services, today announced that the Campaign to Elect Frank Klees, MP for the Provincial Legislature in Ontario, has chosen SCO Mobile's GrassRoots product to manage all of the communication and collaboration requirements of his re-election campaign. GrassRoots extends PC and Web based e-mail and office collaborative functions to mobile devices so that party members and campaign staff can effectively collaborate while in the office or in the field. 

    "We are using the GrassRoots product for the Newmarket-Aurora Riding for the October 10th, 2007 election, and if it performs as we expect, we would like to extend this solution to other Provincial riding campaigns as well as our federal counterparts", said Ken Wakeman, information manager for the Frank Klees re-election campaign. "GrassRoots uses a combination of a mobile phone and a web landing page to poll voters.  This method significantly drives down the cost per voter to poll, and the response rates are much higher than traditional methods.  As a bonus, Mr. Klees, who has been a member of the Legislature since 1995, gets the results of the poll in real-time either on his mobile phone, or in his e-mail, depending on where he is at a given moment. GrassRoots helps us stay focused on issues that matter to the voters," added Wakeman.

    GrassRoots is an innovative multimedia communication tool for any elected official or candidate who wants to stay in close communication with their constituency and their campaign workers and volunteers. Candidates can send branded video, voice and text messages instantly on any breaking news story and reach their constituents wherever they are via mobile phone or PC. Constituents can provide instant feedback to the candidates on these branded broadcasts or any other issue. Grassroots includes a fully integrated, server-based e-mail, group collaboration and scheduling capabilities that filters out spam and includes anti-virus protection. The solution is modular, so that an organization can select the appropriate blend of PC, Web or mobile-based functions to meet the needs of the community.  Since much of the communication is done via two-way SMS, GrassRoots works with most mobile phones. Costly handheld devices and high-priced data plans are not required. It is affordable for small organizations, and scales up to manage organizations with thousands of volunteers and staff workers.

    "GrassRoots was designed to meet the needs of any institution that relies on large groups of volunteer workers," said Sandy Gupta, general manager and chief technology officer, The SCO Group.  "It is a blend of traditional group collaboration with mobile extensions. It greatly simplifies the task of efficiently managing large groups of volunteer workers, especially when they are working in the field. Whether you need to manage volunteers for a non-profit fund-raising event, or for a political campaign, or to manage any other volunteer-based activity, SCO GrassRoots helps boost the productivity and efficiency of your staff and volunteer workers."

    Availability and Pricing

    SCO Mobile GrassRoots runs on SCO OpenServer 6 and UnixWare 7.1.4.  For more information on GrassRoots, call 1-800-726-6561 in the U.S. and Canada or +44-01707-226014 outside of North America.

    About SCO

    The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX) is a leading provider of UNIX software technology and mobile services.  SCO' offers UnixWare for enterprise applications and SCO OpenServer for small to medium businesses. The SCO Mobile product line focuses on creating mobile platforms, services and solutions for businesses and enhances the productivity of mobile workers.  The Me Inc product line produces innovative mobile products for consumers. SCO's highly innovative and reliable solutions help customers grow their businesses everyday, especially into the emerging mobile market. SCO owns the core UNIX operating system, originally developed by AT&T/Bell Labs and is the exclusive licensor to Unix-based system software providers.

    Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of thousands of resellers and developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable localized support and services to partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services, visit http://www.sco.com.

    SCO, SCO OpenServer, Me Inc. and the associated SCO logo, are trademarks or registered trademarks of The SCO Group, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. UNIX and UnixWare are registered trademarks of The Open Group.  Windows and Windows Mobile are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. 


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