Certicom Solutions Enable Honeywell's Flight Information Service and XM Satellite Radio to Provide Secure Content Access to Paid Subscribers
HAYWARD, Calif., November 20, 2001 - Certicom, (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that its Digital Rights Management (DRM) and content protection security technology and services are being utilized to secure data transmission in some of the industry's most innovative wireless applications. Certicom has provided services and technology to leading applications providers, including the design of conditional access solutions for Honeywell, Inc. (NYSE: HON) to deliver its Flight Information Systems Broadcast (FIS-B) Program and for XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR) to deliver the first U.S. digital satellite radio service.
"Innovative application developers have turned to Certicom for trusted security solutions that enable them to deliver subscription services that are content-protected in a manner transparent to their customers," said Simon Blake-Wilson, Certicom Director of Business Development and Cryptographer. "Certicom's leading security solutions are specifically tailored to the constraints of the wireless environment. The solutions developed with Honeywell and XM Satellite Radio illustrate the broad potential of wireless applications beyond wireless phones and computer devices."
Certicom's technology, including its Security Builder® and SSL Plus™ software, provides a more efficient alternative to conventional public-key cryptographic algorithms in many mobile and wireless environments, allowing for faster processing speed, reduced bandwidth usage and decreased battery requirements. These advantages make Certicom's security technology particularly well suited to mobile devices that incorporate less powerful processors, such as handheld computing devices, Internet-enabled phones and two-way pagers.
"XM Satellite Radio is transforming radio with the support and participation of its leading music and news programming partners including MTV, CNBC, CNN Headline News, CNET, Fox News, ABC News & Talk, USA Today, Bloomberg, and BBC World Service," said XM Vice President Derek de Bastos. "Certicom's strong encryption technology is a crucial element of our service as it protects the integrity of our content and ensures that only authenticated members have access to it."
In addition to the solutions developed for XM Satellite Radio and Honeywell, Certicom has also developed solutions for DataPlay and Iomega and has licensed software to innovative application developers and service providers including: Digital Island, AvantGo, Slam Dunk Networks, DigitalOwl, Globetrotter and HotLocker.
Transparent Security for Honeywell Service
Certicom developed a customized encryption, key generation, and security management solution to enable Honeywell to deliver real-time textual and graphical weather products over a secure broadcast flight information service. The Certicom solution ensures reception of paid channels only to legitimate subscribers and is resistant to hacking and cloning attacks, while delivering content in a manner that is transparent to legitimate subscribers.
Using Certicom's leading encryption technology, Honeywell's data link weather services network transmissions, traveling from ground stations across America, are authenticated and remain secure. Unlimited access to graphical weather products will be available for a subscription fee.
Securing XM Radio's Digital Radio Service
Certicom technology and services is an integral part of XM Satellite Radio's recently launched service, which offers up to 100 channels of digital-quality sound and provides coast-to-coast coverage of music, news, sports, talk, comedy and children's programming. Certicom's industry-leading encryption ensures that radio transmissions traveling from XM's two high-powered satellites to subscribers' radios are authenticated and remain secure. Additionally, Certicom is providing security components for XM-Ready radios and for XM Radio's broadcasting center in Washington, DC. XM Radio's state-of-the-art, all-digital broadcast center generates broadcast signals that are uplinked to two of the most powerful commercial satellites ever produced, Boeing B-702s, where signals are transmitted to subscribers.
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 200 customers including Cisco Systems, Inc., Handspring Inc., Motorola, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Inc., Palm, Inc., QUALCOMM, Inc., Research In Motion Ltd., Sony International (Europe) GmbH and Verizon Communications Inc. 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.
Honeywell is a US$25-billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; power generation systems; specialty chemicals; fibers; plastics; and electronic and advanced materials. Honeywell employs approximately 120,000 people in 95 countries and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HON, as well as on the London, Chicago and Pacific stock exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Additional information on the company is available on the Internet at www.honeywell.com.
About XM Radio
XM, which completed its national launch this month, will transform radio, an industry that has seen little technological change since FM, almost 40 years ago. XM provides music to soothe the mind and information to fill it. XM's programming lineup features 100 coast-to-coast digital channels: 71 music channels, more than 30 of them commercial-free, from hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; and 29 channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment. XM also brings to the car, for the first time on radio, the same diverse selection of 24-hour news sources available in the home on cable and DIRECTV.
XM radios are available at major electronics retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Tweeter, participating RadioShack Dealers and Franchisees, Crutchfield, Good Guys, CarToys, Audio Express and Sound Advice; and at independent retailers. Leading manufacturers such as Sony, Alpine and Pioneer will offer a broad array of XM radios including models that will easily enable any existing car stereo system to receive XM service (the Pioneer Universal Receiver and the Sony Plug-and-Play) and over 20 models of new AM/FM/XM systems offering many other great features. General Motors this month rolled out factory-installed Delphi-Delco XM radios in Cadillac DeVille and Seville models, and will expand to more than 20 GM models next year.
XM's strategic investors include America's leading car, radio and satellite TV companies - General Motors, American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Clear Channel Communications and DIRECTV. For more information, please visit XM's Web site: www.xmradio.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, 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 principal 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 fourth 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.
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