SOURCE: Airwide Solutions

October 16, 2007 08:30 ET

Airwide Announces Next Generation of Mobile Security Solution to Combat Escalating Threat of Handset Theft and Fraud

Worldwide EIR Market Leader Helps Operators Protect Subscribers and Minimize the Financial Impact of Stolen or Cloned Mobile Phones

BURLINGTON, MA and READING, UK--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - Airwide™ Solutions, the leading provider of next-generation mobile messaging infrastructure and applications, today announced that the company is helping operators address the growing global problem of mobile security with the latest version of AirGuard EIR, the industry-leading mobile Equipment Identity Register solution designed to control the increasing threat of handset theft and fraud. AirGuard EIR is unique in the industry because it layers the value-added benefit of enhanced anti-fraud capabilities with effective handset anti-theft.

Driven by increased handset penetration, functionality and value, device theft is a significant and rapidly growing global problem. In 2006 alone 2.7 million* handsets were stolen in the UK, 600,000* handsets were reported lost or stolen in the US, and 200,000* in Australia. To address this problem, AirGuard EIR enables operators to prevent stolen handsets from working on their network within seconds. Unlike other solutions, the unprecedented performance and simplicity of the latest version of AirGuard EIR lets operators use the subscriber's phone number to block the stolen handset within seconds and upload it to a global blacklist that is shared with other operators within an hour of the theft report, greatly increasing the deterrent value of the technology.

"Many operators now feel an ethical responsibility to protect their subscribers from the physical danger and financial and emotional distress of stolen or cloned handsets and SIM cards," said Patrick Lopez, Vice President of Product Management of Airwide Solutions. "AirGuard EIR is a proven solution with a solid track record, having been deployed in over 50 systems in 30 countries. More than 110 million subscribers are protected by AirGuard EIR and the system has been integrated with every major networking vendor's hardware."

In addition to deterring theft, AirGuard EIR can also help operators to deal with the issue of mobile fraud. According to the Communications Fraud Control Association, fraud losses range from $54.4 billion to $60 billion a year, and this cost is in addition to the negative impact fraud can have on the use of new services and the intangible cost of damage to the mobile operator's brand. By allowing operators to bar phones that are associated with mobile fraud and by detecting SIM and handset cloning, AirGuard EIR can be a powerful tool for operators in fighting fraud on the network.

Far-reaching impact

The impact of theft and fraud for both an operator and its subscribers is far reaching. Not only are theft and fraud distressing (as mobile phones now carry a great deal of valuable and personal data) but the process of proving and seeking reimbursement for fraud can also be difficult and time consuming. For operators the costs can escalate as they are required to invest additional resources into their call centers to manage the issues. And once the problems have been resolved, they can often incur incremental costs of subscriber incentives to help minimize churn and retain subscriber revenue.

The newest release of AirGuard EIR contains all of the important theft and fraud-deterrence characteristics that have made it the world's number one Equipment Identity Register including unmatched performance and easy and rapid administration capabilities. The powerful theft and fraud deterrence of AirGuard EIR and the ability for subscribers to simply contact their operator's customer care center, identify themselves and disable their phone remotely by giving their phone number is unprecedented.

AirGuard EIR also now supports the recently announced device intelligence capabilities that offer never-before-possible insight into the spectrum of devices on an operator's network.

About Airwide Solutions

Airwide Solutions is the innovation leader in next-generation mobile messaging infrastructure and applications. Its products allow more than 80 wireless operators in 46 countries to deliver and manage the millions of mobile messages their subscribers send every day. With a history of industry firsts -- including the first text message ever sent and the introduction of the first SMS router and A2P MMS push gateway -- the company continues to pioneer new technologies. Airwide's open Fusion architecture offers mobile operators more revenue options and a practical pathway to Mobile Messaging 2.0, while giving subscribers more messaging choices.

Airwide Solutions operates globally with offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa. For more information about Airwide Solutions, please visit www.airwidesolutions.com.

*Source:  The UK Home Office
*Source:  AMTA Website
*Source:  Yahoo Finance, Bach, David "Ten Steps to Cell Phone Security"
          April 23, 2007
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Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:

    Brenda Suarez
    Airwide Solutions
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    Tel: 781-229-2406 xt. 2799

    Elena Dunn
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    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7608 4646