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Novatel Wireless and Diversinet Team Up to Provide Security for Wireless Modems

Written By: P. Hayes
Published On: August 16 2000

Novatel Wireless and Diversinet Team Up to Provide Security for Wireless Modems
P. Hayes - August 16, 2000

Event Summary

Diversinet Corp., a provider of m-commerce security infrastructure, said Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with San Diego-based Novatel Wireless Inc., a wireless Internet company, to integrate Diversinet's security technology with Novatel Wireless' Minstrel family of Wireless Palmtop Modems.

Market Impact

Novatel Wireless who has just filed a statement of registration for an Initial Public Offering is addressing a core component of the wireless industry, which is glossed over by many, Security. Novatel will OEM Diversinet's end-to-end client software coupled with a Passport Certificate Server on the back end or server side producing a secure wireless environment through the use of X.509 certificates.

Following the purchase of a Minstrel Wireless Modem for use with the Palm Pilot Platform users must register with a Diversinet certificate management server to take full advantage of security features.

User Recommendations

Both Novatel Wireless and Diversinet are active in WAP forums and communities, and have input into the shaping of standards. The Minstrel Wireless Modem from Novatel Wireless is a solid unit in and of itself, however the addition of secure certificate transactions will increase sales as end user comfort levels are increased. In order for WAP to take the next step, two things must be addressed, security and bandwidth. Diversinet has been successful in addressing wireless security and only time will alleviate the bandwidth hurdles faced by today's wireless industry.

 
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