Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Stofa Selects Irdeto Cloaked Conditional Access

Irdeto today announced that Stofa, a leading Danish pay-TV operator, has chosen Irdeto Cloaked Conditional Access (CA) solution for its Zaptor pay TV offering. The implementation, the latest in the long standing relationship, will be used by Stofa to protect its broadcast and video on demand (VoD) services.

Thomas Helbo, IP Operations & Development Manager at Stofa said: "Irdeto's technology is integral to our ability to continue to offer new services to our customers that meet their viewing needs and develop new sources of revenue for Stofa. Our decision to implement the Irdeto Cloaked CA solution reflects Irdeto's consistent ability to deliver innovative solutions, as well as their capacity to help us drive down our long-term cost structure and to simplify our product offering."

The Irdeto Cloaked CA solution is a fully featured and renewable cardless CAS, which makes extensive use of Irdeto's patented Cloakware protection technology. It enables pay-TV operators to offer premium HD content to their subscribers without the logistical costs associated with the deployment and swapping of physical smart cards, saving them up to 50% on the total cost of ownership of a smart card-based CA system.

Achieving this level of conditional access protection in a one-way environment without a smart card requires extremely complex and advanced technologies. Irdeto Cloaked CA uses the Cloakware technologies like source code obfuscation, white box cryptography, temporal and spatial diversification and complete renewability of the client to ensure its ongoing integrity and maintain strong dynamic security for the deployment lifecycle of its services. In addition each instance of the client is anchored to proprietary unique keys embedded in the device chipset at the time of manufacture.

Lloyds TSB Launches Contactless Debit Cards

Lloyds TSB launches contactless payments on its VISA debit cards to current account customers within the M25 that almost encircles Greater London in the United Kingdom. Any new or replacement VISA debit cards issued will enable customers to pay for small purchases up to GBP 15 using contactless technology.

When using contactless to make purchases, customers will be protected by the same high level secure technology that is behind Chip and PIN. Additionally, Lloyds TSB will continue to provide the same assurances in the event of any fraudulent use as with Chip and PIN payments.

Lloyds TSB is expecting to issue around 1 million VISA contactless debit cards in 2011.

Ingenico's Contactless Terminal Sales Doubled in 2010

Ingenico announced that the shipments of its contactless NFC-based terminals doubled in 2010. Since the certification in 2004 of its first contactless terminal, Ingenico successfully carried out pilot tests in different parts of the world where the company operates.

In 2010, 21% of the terminals sold to merchants were equipped with this technology, a rate up by 50% compared to 2009. The new range of Ingenico terminals integrates the contactless reader option, which is activated depending on the customer's requirements.

Ingenico's new Telium terminal range is at the forefront of contactless and mobile phone requirements and is in accordance with the latest payment schemes. The terminals allow mobile phone NFC ISO18092 and are capable of accepting value added services applications such as couponing, loyalty, rewards and more.

With the Ingenico solutions, the POS becomes a point of convergence for all forms of payments and allows interoperability through the payment terminal.

Northrop Grumman Wins $1.1 Billion Task Order for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a follow-on task order with a total potential value of $1.1 billion by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to operate, maintain and enhance the classified networks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Enterprise Networked Services Support (ENSS) task order, which allows secure information sharing among federal government agencies and first responders nationwide, is a single award under the Alliant indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Work will be conducted over a one-year base period with six, one-year option periods.

Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector will lead the work to sustain and modernise classified enterprise information technology (IT) services for the Department of Homeland Security. ENSS will support up to 1,100 locations nationwide including the Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and law enforcement.

The company was awarded the original task order to build and operate the department's secret classified network infrastructure in 2004.

UK Internet Users Most Confident

Older people in the UK are among Europe's most confident internet users, according to the survey conducted across the European Union (EU) by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.

Figures suggest that 43% of people aged 55 to 74 in the UK frequently use the internet, more than in France and Germany.

Age UK, a charity which campaigns for the elderly, welcomed the results, but said there was still work to be done to get more people online. The charity is running a 'myfriends online week', to encourage older people to use the web to connect with friends and family.

The UK is 7th in the Eurostat list, well above the EU average of 28%, but lagging behind Scandinavia, with more than half of 55-74 year-olds regularly surf the web in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Ayantra's FleetWare to Monitor Remote and Mobile Assets

Cinterion, a Gemalto company and Ayantra announced the launch of FleetWare, an innovative remote monitoring solution for tracking assets that do not have a power source.

FleetWare integrates Cinterion's tiny BG2 module to meet the small size requirements necessary for tracking non-powered assets such as shipping containers, fertilizer tanks, agricultural storage sheds and more. FleetWare is available immediately worldwide.

Cinterion's BG2 is a compact, cost effective, wireless M2M communications module with an innovative, integrated antenna for field-proven, reliable cellular communications virtually anywhere in the world. BG2 significantly reduces total cost of ownership for customer applications, offering optimised power efficiency, best-in-class 2G features and Full Type Approval plus pre-approval with the largest global mobile network operators.

Currently, monitoring remote and mobile assets that do not have a power source is challenging and requires careful compromise between device size and battery life. Ayantra's power-efficient FleetWare now offers a long-lasting solution in a miniaturised form factor that is easy to install in even the most constrained spaces. FleetWare monitors data and uses Cinterion's BG2 module to reliably and securely send updates over cellular networks from anywhere in the world to the Ayantra server. Authorised users can log on anytime to view the status of assets and manage out-of-sight equipment.

Bell ID Appoints David Worthington as Payments Consultant

Bell ID today announced the expansion of its team with the appointment of David Worthington as Principal Consultant, Payments and Chip Technology. Reporting to the CEO, David will advise Bell ID and major clients on strategic opportunities in the application of new payments, mobile and chip technologies.

With over 18 years' smart card and payments experience, David joins Bell ID from Aconite where he led a team of consultants responsible for advising clients on EMV migration, and exploiting new payment and smart token technologies. During this time he acquired significant expertise in contributing to EMV product and partner strategies worldwide and has previously worked with Bell ID on joint projects in the Middle East and North America.

David has also worked in senior management roles for HSBC, NatWest, Mondex International, Keycorp EMEA, and as the Advisor for Banking Technology to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. These positions have covered strategic consulting, IT programme management, business development and service delivery roles.

David Orme, CEO at Bell ID, comments: "David is a valuable addition to the Bell ID team as he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in EMV implementation, management and strategic insight. His contribution will help guide our customers in achieving a maximum return on their EMV investment, as well as effective and profitable expansion of their infrastructure to support new business opportunities such as NFC payments."

Symantec Offers New Partner Programme

Symantec has launched its encryption solutions specialisation programme to help increase partner competitiveness and drive revenue, the security company announced this week.

According to a statement released by the company, Symantec partners achieve the specialisation by completing sales and technical accreditation for Symantec's encryption products, including PGP Encryption and Symantec Endpoint Encryption.

The specialisation offers partners more sales and technical resources, financial incentives, tailored promotions, tools and access to the Symantec Opportunity Registration Programme, designed to help partners accelerate profitability, according to the statement.

Partners who achieve membership in the specialisation will also be able to differentiate themselves with a Specialist Partner logo and designation as an Encryption Solutions Specialist Partner within Symantec's Partner Locator.

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