Nevada Gaming Control Board Also Accepts Sona's License Application
NEW YORK, NY -- October 02, 2006 -- Sona Mobile Holdings Corp. (OTCBB: SNMB) announced today that it had submitted its mobile gaming platform with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) for testing and certification. GLI is designated as the official test laboratory by over 360 gaming regulatory bodies worldwide. Certification by GLI is crucial for getting approval to deploy and operate gaming solutions in a variety of domestic and international jurisdictions. The Sona Mobile Platform consists of device software that runs on a personal digital assistant (PDA), mobile phone or similar device, and application software for various games including Shuffle Master's (NASDAQ: SHFL) proprietary table games, horse racing and sportsbook applications. The many applications running on the Gaming Platform are intended to provide a rich wireless extension to the gaming experience.
"GLI has been selected as the certification authority of choice by a wide range of gaming regulatory bodies that are outside Nevada in the U.S., and throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Accreditation by GLI is a necessary milestone to achieve commercial success for our secure mobile gaming platform," said Shawn Kreloff, Sona Mobile Chairman and CEO. "We believe that our product is the first wireless gaming solution to be submitted to GLI."
In addition to casino accounts, the Company plans to offer its platform and gaming applications to horse track and sporting book operators. Sona believes its horse wagering application is the only wireless application that enables real time track wagering while receiving video in real time to watch the races, offering a rich viewer experience. Kreloff added, "We have previewed our horse wagering application for track operators in the US and Europe and have received interest."
Nevada Gaming Control Board Accepts Sona's License Application
Sona also announced that the Nevada Gaming Control Board has recently accepted for review Sona's license application for a manufacturer and distributor licenses. If approved, the license will allow Sona to operate as a vendor to Nevada casino operators. While the license is under review, Sona will operate under Shuffle Master's license.
"Last year the state of Nevada passed a law allowing for wireless gaming on casino premises, creating significant opportunities for the wireless gaming delivery system developed by Sona and our strategic partner, Shuffle Master," continued Shawn Kreloff. "Getting licensed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board would represent an important step in building our presence with Las Vegas casino operators."
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About Sona Mobile Holdings Corp.
Sona Mobile Inc. is a leading provider of secure mobile solutions for gaming and entertainment applications as well as access to financial and enterprise information. Sona's technology delivers a rich client experience without compromising performance or security. Sona's key differentiator is the innovative Sona Wireless Development Platform (SWP) and 3D mobile methodology. The SWP architecture works across a wide range of mobile devices and operating systems, including Research In Motion's BlackBerry? and Microsoft Corp's Windows Mobile? lines, without compromising performance or security. Sona's global strategic alliance with Shuffle Master, Inc. utilizes the SWP to provide users with wireless in-casino gaming.
Founded in 2000, Sona has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.sonamobile.com.
About Shuffle Master, Inc.
Shuffle Master, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHFL) is a gaming supply company specializing in providing its casino customers Utility Products, including automatic card shufflers, roulette chip sorters and intelligent table system modules, to improve their profitability, productivity and security, and Entertainment Products, including live proprietary table games, electronic multi-player table game platforms, live table game tournaments and wireless gaming solutions to expand their gaming entertainment content. The Company is included in the S&P Smallcap 600 Index. Information about the Company and its products can be found on the Internet at www.shufflemaster.com.
Contact:Kate SidorovichInvestor Relations for Sona MobileOffice: 415-445-3236SOURCE: Sona Mobile