December 11, 2008 01:26 ET
Ericsson collaborates with Intel to bring theft protection to Mobile Broadband notebooks
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - December 11, 2008) - Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced today
that it is collaborating with
Intel to ensure that Ericsson's Mobile Broadband Modules are
interoperable with Intel® Anti-Theft PC Protection Technology for
notebooks to offer a secure and reliable anti-theft solution for
mobile broadband users. The collaboration addresses solutions to
minimize the negative consequences when notebooks are lost or stolen,
and in conjunction independent encryption software when sensitive
data is lost while on-the-go and to prevent unwanted data intrusion.
The need for taking the profit out of stealing laptops and protecting
sensitive and important information continues to grow with the
increased popularity of mobile broadband notebooks. Theft or loss of
notebooks can have enormous financial consequences for both consumers
and enterprise users, especially when sensitive data on the notebook
is lost or obtained by unauthorized persons.
Through this collaboration between Ericsson and Intel, a theft
management service residing in the network can send a message via SMS
to the mobile broadband module inside the notebook, which securely
transfers the message to Intel's Anti-Theft function inside the
processor platform, which takes appropriate actions, such as
completely locking the computer, making it unusable. When the
notebook is located and recovered, an unlock message can be sent to
the notebook that makes the data accessible again.
Mats Norin, Vice President and head of Mobile Broadband Modules at
Ericsson said: "We share a common vision with Intel about offering
consumers and enterprise users a secure mobile broadband experience
for their notebooks. We are committed to work with industry leaders
to shape a complete, end-to-end solution to drive increased mobile
"We have entered a new era for security for the on-the-go
businessperson in which losing a notebook or having it stolen can
have disastrous implications," said George Thangadurai, director of
Intel's Strategy and Platform Planning Group, and general manager of
the company's Anti-Theft Program. "Intel's Anti-Theft PC Protection
technology takes notebook security to a new level, making notebook
theft for profit an exercise in futility and with third-party
software help secure data. By teaming with Ericsson, we are extending
the benefits of Intel Anti-Theft PC Protection to those who use
mobile broadband networks."
The solution builds on Ericsson's Mobile Broadband Modules, which are
tightly integrated in and optimized for notebooks, and Intel's
Anti-Theft PC Protection technology, which can lock a stolen or lost
notebook. Intel Anti-Theft Technology provides an intelligent
mechanism built into the processor platform that detects potential
theft situations and responds according to IT policies. Anti-Theft PC
Protection technology can be programmed to respond to repeated login
failures and expiration of a timer that requires regularly scheduled
connection to a central server.
When a loss or theft is detected, Intel Anti-Theft PC Protection
technology can lock the laptop, rendering it useless, by blocking the
boot process, and when working in conjunction with third-party
encryption hardware or software can protect data by deleting
cryptographic keys or similar essential code for decryption.
The theft management service can also take advantage of built-in
Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in the Ericsson mobile
broadband module, which can send location data to a central server.
The location function can be utilized to determine a theft situation
when the notebook is moved outside a pre-defined area -- a so called
geo-fence to locate a lost notebook.
Ericsson Mobile Broadband Modules are already optimized with Intel®
Centrino® 2 processor technology to achieve excellent battery life
and will in addition be validated to guarantee the interworking with
Intel Anti-Theft PC Protection Technology. The solution will be
available in commercial data protection products starting second half
Ericsson Mobile Broadband Modules support HSPA -- the world's most
widely commercially deployed technology for mobile broadband, and
provides the end user with a simple, cost effective and convenient
solution for broadband access while on-the-go.
Notes to editors:
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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services
to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile
technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages
networks that serve more than 195 million subscribers. The company's
portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, and
broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and
developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with
feature-rich personal mobile devices.
Ericsson is advancing its vision of 'communication for all' through
innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working
in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of
USD 27.9 billion (SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and
headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic
Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ.
For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi.
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About Ericsson's HSPA solution
HSPA stands for High Speed Packet Access. An inherent advantage of
HSPA is that the technology is a natural extension of existing
WCDMA/GSM networks, or about 85 percent of the world's existing
wireless networks, and therefore is widely available to a large
number of wireless users, creating a mass market for mobile
broadband. Ericsson's HSPA mobile broadband solution is part of
Ericsson's Full Service Broadband offering. HSPA technology and its
future evolution steps can offer download speeds over 80Mbps and
upload speeds over 20Mbps.
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