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Wednesday 29 August 2001


Setec PKI Smart Card to Secure VPN Solutions

Setec has announced that its PKI Smart Card will be integrated into the latest version of Nokia's dedicated VPN portfolio for remote network access. Implementing Smart Card functionality into the Nokia VPN solution enables the creation of secure, reliable and authenticated mobile connections to the corporate network from any workstation equipped with a card reader and VPN software.

"Integrating a PKI based Smart Card into a VPN solution enhances the security of remote connections because the keys used in authentication and encryption are processed only inside the card. Therefore the keys cannot be copied or compromised, said Lauri Pesonen, Setec's CTO and EVP.

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Philips Makes 'The Connected Home' a Reality Today

Philips Semiconductors is showcasing the potential of the Nexperia platform in 'The Connected Home'. Having developed an approach that goes beyond the living room - from doorbell to garage - Nexperia enables access to prime content, high quality interactive digital TV and an "ambient intelligent" home environment.

Leon Husson, executive vice president, Consumer Businesses at Philips Semiconductors, said: "What we have with the Nexperia platform is a stable architecture that addresses the convergence of the broadcasting, telecommunications and Internet space, providing easy-to-use consumer products that can be networked, upgraded and are, therefore, future-proofed. Technology is no longer a limitation. The only limitation is how far our imaginations will allow us to go."

The experience of a networked home environment begins at the front door of 'The Connected Home' where visitors are given a personalised contactless MIFARE Smart Card, which provides access to 'The Connected Home' network. The MIFARE Smart Card is an integral part of 'The Connected Home' experience - it is the key that unlocks all the applications on show from Follow Me TV to room surveillance. There are contactless Smart Card readers in every room and as you move around the connected home all you need to do is insert your card into the reader and you will be given instant access to your personalised applications. For example, MIFARE enables access to your e-mail account or to your personalised Web browser. It will also reactivate the TV program that you were in the middle of watching elsewhere in the house or the application that you were last using.

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EI2 Hires Innovative Strategies

Electronic Identification, developer of Smart ID Card technology supported by a state-of-the-art Intranet framework, has announced that it has secured the services of Innovative Strategies, in a multi-year contract to focus on helping EI2 evolve into a profitable company.

The initial phase of the consulting engagement calls for Innovative Strategies to perform a technical audit and articulate a technology roadmap. This roadmap will establish milestones to upgrade EI2 product technology in order to broaden and accelerate market opportunities internationally.

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Sony and Ericsson to Merge Mobile Phone Operations

Sony and Ericsson have agreed terms to merge their mobile phone businesses subject to approval from both company boards. The global management team of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications will be based in London.

The joint venture company will have an initial workforce of 3,500 employees and the companies hope the move will push their lossmaking handset units back into the black and enable them to challenge market leaders Nokia and Motorola.

The joint venture will be headed by Sony vice-president Katsumi Ihara as president, with Ericsson's former head of consumer products Jan Wareby as executive vice-president. Ericsson chief executive Kurt Hellstron will chair the eight-member board, on which each partner will have four members.

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