Nixle and VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media Enable Police and Municipal Governments...

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Nixle and VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media Enable Police and Municipal
Governments Nationwide to Reach Residents via SMS Messages

Companies join forces to ensure reliable and accurate delivery of public
safety and community information to residents nationwide

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., March 24  /PRNewswire/ -- Nixle, LLC, an information and
technology company, and VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media, a division of
VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), have joined forces to enable police and
municipal organizations nationwide to communicate neighborhood-level
information with their residents, via SMS messages, over a powerful and
reliable platform.

Nixle offers the first free, standardized, secure and certified communication
platform for local police departments, municipalities and their agencies to
connect with residents nationwide. It uses the same model as other popular
social applications, but adds the security that is critical to ensure
information received by users is trusted and authentic. 

VeriSign delivers messages on behalf of carriers and content providers around
the world. Offering one of the most robust and reliable mobile messaging
delivery engines across carrier and enterprise networks, VeriSign will provide
the utmost reliability in terms of the delivery of Nixle users' SMS messages.

Agencies in eight states are currently testing the new communication platform.
In California alone, more than 20 municipalities have gained secure access to
the service for testing, including Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Napa, San Diego,
Sonoma, National City and Walnut Creek. The service is currently live in Chula
Vista, Calif., where the service was successfully launched. The Scottsdale,
Ariz., Police Department, along with numerous other cities throughout of
similar size, plans to launch the platform in the very near future.

"Thanks to Nixle, our residents know what's happening in their city -- from
local emergencies and traffic advisories to upcoming cultural events and
public workshops. And they get their information instantly," said Chula Vista
Mayor Cheryl Cox. "Thousands of Chula Vistans are getting secure, reliable
messages directly from our departments. Wherever I go, I run into satisfied
Nixle subscribers. Residents are pleased their city is communicating with

Nixle was built from the ground up to bring the power of Web 2.0 to municipal

"Current social networking services are not built on authenticated and secure
foundations, which translate to a bombshell waiting to explode when it comes
to public safety information," said Nixle founder Craig Mitnick. "When it
comes to public safety information, you have to trust the source of the
information. With Nixle, you will."

According to a recent Nielsen report, SMS communications have now surpassed
voice communications, with the typical U.S. mobile subscriber sending 357 text
messages per month, compared with 204 voice phone calls.

"The value of SMS messaging is immeasurable. We're excited to work with
VeriSign to bring the power of SMS messaging to government and municipal
organizations," said Mitnick. "This agreement with VeriSign ensures that these
entities will have the ability to communicate with their residents through the
preferred method of communication."

About Nixle
Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide
secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure
service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to
residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted
consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and via
Web access. Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International
Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments
nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. Privately funded Nixle is
free to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental
organizations and consumers. For more information, visit

About VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media
VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media is a division of VeriSign, the trusted
provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Through
this business unit, VeriSign provides global application services that
reliably delivers short-messages (SMS), multimedia messages (MMS), and mobile
content across wireless operators and mobile devices throughout the world. As
a leader in mobile messaging, mobile banking and mobile content delivery,
VeriSign offers a broad portfolio of mobile infrastructure and delivery
services. Offering reliable delivery, a worldwide presence, and rapid and
effective deployment, VeriSign has built a trusted and respected brand with
global mobile operators, media content providers and enterprises. The reach,
reliability and value add of VeriSign services enable these companies to
capitalize on the rapidly growing messaging and media content markets.

About VeriSign 
VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet
infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day,
VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world engage in
communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information
about the company is available at

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Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's
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the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008
and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. VeriSign undertakes no obligation to
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Andy Gotlieb of Bellevue Communications for Nixle, LLC, +1-215-893-4299; or
Mariana Vyridi of Weber Shandwick for VeriSign, +1-415-248-3412,
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