Certicom to Demonstrate Industry's First VPN Solution for Handhelds Over Bluetooth
BLUETOOTH CONGRESS, MONTE CARLO, France, June 6, 2001 - Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT and TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that it is joining forces with Classwave, Socket and WIDCOMM to provide advanced security for Bluetooth solutions using its comprehensive range of wireless security products. As an industry first, Certicom will be demonstrating a secure wireless virtual private network (VPN) solution that allows workers to access corporate data using a Bluetooth connection. This demonstration of a critical enabling security technology will take place in Certicom's booth #C-14 at the Bluetooth Congress in Monte Carlo.
Certicom is collaborating with wireless leaders to enable trusted wireless solutions that utilize Bluetooth wireless technology. Bluetooth allows low-cost, mobile devices such as handheld computers, MP3 players, mobile phones, digital cameras and medical monitors to communicate wirelessly over short distances. Many believe that Bluetooth is well positioned to be the de facto wireless networking standard for short-reach applications. IDC recently estimated that there will be almost 450 million devices worldwide using Bluetooth wireless technology by 2004.
"Certicom's products and services represent a natural choice for securing constrained devices using Bluetooth wireless technology," said Richard Depew, Executive Vice President at Certicom. "Certicom's work with companies such as Classwave, Socket and WIDCOMM will help drive the development and adoption of Bluetooth solutions. The demonstration of our movianVPN product over a Bluetooth connection represents a major milestone for Bluetooth and the wireless industry as a whole."
Certicom will demonstrate its movianVPN product securely connecting a PDA into a corporate intranet using both a dial up Bluetooth connection to a cellular phone and a Bluetooth connection to a LAN Access point. Certicom's movianVPN unleashes the potential for large-scale corporate use of popular wireless devices by enabling secure access to corporate Intranets using wireless connections, including Bluetooth. Certicom's other products provide enhanced security for additional applications running over Bluetooth, including SSL Plus™ for secure Internet browsing and e-commerce, and WTLS Plus™ for m-commerce.
"Classwave and Certicom have significantly raised the bar in regards to Bluetooth application security," states Classwave's CTO Dr. Mariano Consens. "Using Certicom's movianVPN client enterprise applications with tight security requirements can now be extended through Classwave's Polyphony ServerTM to Bluetooth enabled PDAs and smart phones."
"Many organizations planning to use Bluetooth Enabled mobile devices need a secure virtual private network connection for their employees in the field," said Peter Phillips, Socket's director of product marketing. "Socket is pleased that Certicom is bringing its significant security and wireless expertise to Bluetooth wireless solutions."
"Demonstrating secure enterprise wireless applications and services shows one of the key value propositions of Bluetooth networking technology: increased employee productivity," commented Larry Fromm, Vice President of Networking for WIDCOMM. "Our collaboration in implementing Bluetooth over a secure VPN connection is a very important step in the development of Bluetooth technology."
Certicom is a leading provider of information security software and services, specializing in solutions for mobile e-business. The company's products and services are specifically designed to address the challenges imposed by a wireless data environment. Certicom's solutions incorporate its efficient encryption technology and are based on industry standards for information security that utilize public key cryptography. Certicom's products are currently licensed to more than 150 customers including ePocrates, Inc., Motorola, Inc., NeoPoint, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Palm, Inc., Pixo, Inc., QUALCOMM, Inc., Research In Motion Ltd. and Sony International (Europe) GmbH. Certicom's headquarters and worldwide sales and marketing operations are based in the Silicon Valley in Hayward. For more information, visit Certicom's Web site at http://www.certicom.com.
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Except for historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, those relating to the acceptance of mobile and wireless devices and the continued growth of e-commerce and m-commerce (mobile e-commerce), the increase of the demand for mutual authentication in m-commerce transactions, the acceptance of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology as an industry standard, the market acceptance of our principle products and sales of our customer's products, the impact of competitive products and technologies, the possibility of our products infringing patents and other intellectual property of third parties, and costs of product development. Certicom will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect Certicom's financial results is included in the documents Certicom files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities including Certicom's current Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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