APiON SELECTS BALTIMORE TECHNOLOGIES AS SECURITY PROVIDER FOR WAP-BASED INFRASTRUCTURE PRODUCTS
The WAP Forum, London, September 15, 1999 - APiON, a world leading wireless Internet infrastructure provider, today announced that it has selected Baltimore Technologies (London:BLM) as its security software partner for APiON's range of Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) infrastructure products, including its first-to-market Binnian™ WAP Gateway.
Security is a pre-requisite for network operators who deliver mobile Internet services to subscribers wishing to make payments, transfer funds and access a variety of secure information services. Baltimore's security products, which provide full strength security for data confidentiality, integrity and user authentication, combined with APiON's ability to deploy state-of-the-art WAP products is a major step in building confidence and trust in wireless services such as mobile e-commerce and online banking.
APiON is the first partner to utilise Baltimore Technologies' new wireless e-security product, W/Secure. The W/Secure SDK is an implementation of the Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS) standard which provides securty for WAP systems. W/Secure allows APiON to build full strength security into its Binnian™ WAP Gateway product. It also enables WAP systems to integrate into the widely deployed world of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
"APiON selected Baltimore as our strategic security partner following an extensive worldwide evaluation", commented Denis Murphy, Managing Director APiON. "Baltimore's new W/Secure SDK combines simple high level API with the reliability and trust with which Baltimore is synonymous, allowing us to rapidly enhance our world-leading WAP gateway product".
John Fallon, Director of Technical Marketing Development at Baltimore Technologies, said, " APiON has established a worldwide reputation for being first to market with innovative products as the WAP standard evolves. This partnership with Baltimore will allow APiON to repeat this success by building a business focused security infrastructure. APiON and Baltimore are well placed to work together to facilitate the introduction of PKI to the WAP-base product area."
NOTES TO EDITORS
WAP is the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. The WAP Forum (http://www.wapforum.org) is the industry association comprising over 180 members. The primary goal of the WAP Forum is to bring together companies from all segments of the wireless industry to ensure product interoperability and growth of the wireless market. Both APiON and Baltimore are active members of the WAP Forum.
APiON is a world-leading provider of infrastructure into the wireless Internet marketplace and was responsible for delivering the world's first commercial WAP service. APiON's products and services allow customers, using any wireless technology, to access a wide range of Internet and advanced telephony services. APiON's underlying technologies converge IP, intelligent networking and wireless data, and position carriers for the explosion of data-based value added services expected in third generation wireless systems. APiON is headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Visit us at http://www.apion-tss.com or at Telecom '99 in Geneva for further information.
About Baltimore Technologies
Baltimore Technologies develops and markets security products and services for a wide range of e-commerce and enterprise applications. Its products include Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems, cryptographic toolkits, security applications and hardware cryptographic devices.
Baltimore UniCERT is a modular, scalable, multipurpose Certificate Authority (CA) which issues and manages digital certificates for a wide range of applications including email, browsers and virtual private networks. Baltimore PKI-Plus is a developer toolkit to PKI-enable legacy and new applications by providing support for a wide range of cryptographic, directory, smartcard and CA systems. Baltimore's PKI products are available directly and via global Trusted World partners. All products are supported by professional services comprising of system integration and consulting.
Baltimore Technologies was formed by the merger in January 1999 of Zergo Holdings plc and Baltimore Technologies Ltd. It has customers in over forty countries worldwide including some of the world's leading financial, e-commerce, telecommunications companies and government agencies.
Baltimore Technologies plc is a public company quoted on the London Stock Exchange (BLM). Intel Corporation is a minority shareholder in the Company. Baltimore operates from 21 cities world-wide with main offices in London, Dublin, Boston and Sydney.
Baltimore Technologies made e-commerce history in 1998 when President Clinton and Ireland's Prime Minister Ahern digitally signed an inter-governmental communiqué using security technology provided by Baltimore.
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Baltimore Technologies (Ireland)
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APiON Enquiries to:
Mr. Michael Curran
Director of Business Development
Tel: +1 408 370 5281
Mr. Richard McConnell
Director Research and Development
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