DUBLIN, Ireland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 27, 2001–Baltimore Technologies (NASDAQ:BALT)(LSE:BLM.), a global leader in e-security, and Ericsson, Inc. (NASDAQ:ERICF), one of the leading mobile phone manufacturers, today announced that Baltimore’s digital certificate technology is embedded in the Ericsson smartphone R380 to allow secure and trusted transactions.
This agreement enables Ericsson customers worldwide to benefit from advanced security and authentication features provided by the award winning Baltimore Telepathy wireless e-security product and service offering. Future Ericsson phones, such as the GPRS phone R520, will also be secured using Baltimore root certificates.
Baltimore Telepathy root certificates are embedded into the WAP browsers of the latest Ericsson R380 phones, providing an automatic trust relationship for secure, authenticated wireless services including mobile banking. The Ericsson R380 is a small-sized dual band “smartphone” combining the functions of a mobile phone with advanced communication features and PDA-like tools and is the first commercially available mobile internet device with root certificates pre-installed. The digital certificates are now embedded in all R380 models for use in GSM markets around the world. This agreement paves the way for Baltimore to offer digital certificates for Internet sites and to provide enhanced security for mobile commerce transactions.
“Ericsson sees security as a key ingredient in our mobile Internet enabled devices and an important value add for our customers. The inclusion of Baltimore digital certificates in our new phones allows early introduction of secure mobile transactions enabling the phone to become a personal trusted device,” says Bo Albertson, Marketing Director Communications, Ericsson Mobile Communications.
“We are delighted to co-operate with Ericsson to bring increased trust and security to mobile commerce. The inclusion of our root certificates in the new Ericsson smartphone which is now available, helps to move the market ahead, enabling the introduction of exciting new mobile internet applications,” Paddy Holahan, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Baltimore Technologies.
The Ericsson R380 includes Wireless Transport Later Security (WTLS), which is also planned to be included in future phones. WTLS provides the key security elements of confidentiality, integrity and authentication. WTLS is the wireless version of the industry standard Transport Layer Security (TLS), equivalent to the widely used Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). WTLS uses digital certificates to provide a secure network connection session between a mobile Internet client and a wireless server.
Ericsson is the third largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world. With the continuing emergence of the wireless Internet it is imperative that service providers and consumers have confidence in the security of this new medium. Through the inclusion of Baltimore root certificates, Baltimore can extend the first level of mobile trust to wireless users worldwide. In addition, by working with market leading companies such as Baltimore, Ericsson further demonstrates continued commitment to providing enhanced security capabilities to its customers, leveraging Baltimore’s experience in standards based scalable security solutions together with its worldwide expertise and resources.
About Baltimore Technologies
Baltimore Technologies develops and markets security products and services to enable companies to develop trusted, secure systems for e-business, the Internet and mobile commerce. Its products include a wide range of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) products and services, access and authorisation management solutions, wireless e-security, cryptographic toolkits, content security products, security applications and hardware cryptographic devices. Baltimore’s global professional services organisation offers a wide variety of consulting, training and deployment support to its customers worldwide. Baltimore Technologies markets and sells its solutions worldwide directly and through the TrustedWorld partner program. TrustedWorld includes many of the world’s leading technology companies and a wide variety of global, regional and local business alliance partners.
Baltimore Technologies employs over 1200 people worldwide and operates from 38 cities, with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland; London, UK; Boston, USA and Sydney, Australia. Baltimore Technologies plc is a public company with dual listings on NASDAQ (BALT) and the London Stock Exchange (BLM).
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Ericsson is the leading communications supplier, combining innovation in mobility and Internet in creating the new era of mobile Internet. Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for customers all over the world.
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