Psion's Workabout Pro Earns Apriva Certification for Secure Government Communications
Company's Rugged Handheld Passes Apriva's Integration and Certification Testing for Government Agency Mobile Devices
CINCINNATI, OHIO and SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (September 13, 2011) Psion (LSE: PON.L), a global provider of mobile computing solutions, and Apriva, the leading provider of end-to-end wireless transaction and secure mobile communications solutions, today announced that the Psion Workabout Pro™ 3 and Workabout Pro-g have earned Apriva's compatibility certification. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the Workabout Pro 3 and Workabout Pro-g have completed Apriva's integration and testing with its secure mobile communications products deployed to government and public agencies around the world.
Apriva integrated and tested the Workabout Pro with its Apriva CSPware™ and Apriva Guard™ middleware to ensure compatibility with all government-issued FIPS 201 certified smartcards or common access cards (CACs). The Workabout Pro has also been validated to comply with the government's security technical implementation guide (STIG) standards for how devices are protected. This requires that data be encrypted and the device locked down when not in use, making it nearly impossible to compromise.
Apriva's technology is used by the U.S. government to secure mobile communications for classified and unclassified email and other data. The Company's BT200 smartcard reader and PKI authentication software are used on handheld terminals deployed by government agencies to inventory sensitive assets from commissary items to advanced weapons.
Psion's rugged handheld computers have been used by the U.S. government for applications such as homeland security at the nation's borders, ports and airports, as well as military applications. The fit and flexibility, along with the layered security of the Workabout Pro, make it ideal for use in all environments for government sector partners and customers at any level including federal, state and local.
"Psion has excellent market position internationally and it dominates its competitors in many vertical markets, so this relationship represents a very important and strategic opportunity for Apriva," stated Jeff Ford, president, Apriva ISS. “This was one of the smoothest integration and certification efforts our team has ever been a part of and we were extremely impressed with the quality of Psion's implementation of Windows Mobile."
"Our government customers are extremely important to us and this certification will create new opportunities to expand and strengthen those relationships while also opening up new markets for our handhelds," said Mike Wills, vice president, North America Sales at Psion. "In fact, we already have several customers in Europe and the U.S. interested in our compatibility with Apriva, and we hope to increase the number of joint customers as we strengthen our relationship."
Founded in 1999, Apriva is the leading provider of end-to-end wireless transactions and secure information messaging solutions that meet the exacting security and reliability requirements of financial services providers, government entities, and public service sectors. Through its two operating groups, Apriva Point of Sale (POS) and Apriva Information Security Systems (ISS), the company offers customers fully-managed, end-to-end, security solutions that incorporate hardware, software, network infrastructure and management tools. For more information, visit www.apriva.com.
Psion is the pioneer of quality mobile handheld computers and their application in industrial markets around the world. We have been innovators in mobile computing since 1980, starting with the invention of the PDA, through to helping our global customers solve their business problems today. Our clients include Volkswagen, SNCF, RWE nPower, E.ON, BMW, Goodyear, Copenhagen Airports, BNSF and many others.
Through our open innovation business model, we have the ability to work directly with our customers and partners to co-create new variants of our mobile hardware, software and service that meet the specific needs of the marketplace. This collaboration is made possible by our open innovation community site, www.ingenuityworking.com.
Psion is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange. It is headquartered in London with corporate offices located in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa. For more information, visit www.psion.com.
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