CeBIT: Voice Encryption Not Just for Government Agencies Anymore
NEWS ANALYSIS: Encrypted voice communications are no longer just for government use as two European companies bring app-based security to voice users.HANNOVER, Germany—Secure, encrypted voice communications aren't exactly new. Military and other government users have had the capability for years. At CeBIT two years ago, SecuSmart brought the first secure cell phone communications to BlackBerry devices. Since that time, the market for such encrypted communications has grown, but the technology has always been limited to government users. Now that's changed. Two companies are showing secure mobile communications that are available to anyone. One of those companies is SecuSmart, which has moved beyond just working with BlackBerry, and now offers secure voice on Android and iOS devices with BlackBerry 10 device support coming in the second quarter. Currently, the SecuSmart encryption app is being handled through Vodafone in the United Kingdom. But according to Hans-Christophe Quelle, managing director of SecuSmart, the app and its related service soon will be available in the United States. Previously, the company's encryption products required a micro SD card to perform the encryption, but now that's only necessary for the level of security required by government agencies.
SecuSmart is positioning the secure calling app to celebrities, politicians and business executives. To do this, the company had to do away with the requirement to have the encryption card in the phone, and instead is doing the work with software.