Diversinet Adds Digital Permissions for Wireless E-Commerce

Diversinet Corp., a provider of e-commerce security applications, has unveiled a new product version that is designed to issue digital permits for both wired and wireless permissions.

The Digital Permit Server version 2.0 allows content providers and other organizations to create authorization parameters that allow users who work with resource-constrained devices such as pagers, cellular phones, and smart cards to access databases and services remotely.

Secure Environment Privileges

The Diversinet Digital Permit Server helps bridge the wireless and wireline world of security, provides PKI (Public-Key Infrastructure) enhancements and allows permissions based on such criteria as time, date, monetary value and type of information.

Digital permits are secure tokens that carry information to such applications as banking, digital coupons, e-commerce, eligibility for government programs and health care plan entitlements.

“Diversinet’s authorization product allows us to introduce the concept of privileges or permissions with any application,” stated Rajiv Muradia, senior product development for Nortel. “Diversinet provides a creative and simple way to provide transaction level privileges, such as loyalty points, in a secure environment.”

A Digital Complement

The Diversinet Digital Permit Server works in conjunction with the company’s Passport Certificate Server — optimized for wireless devices and the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) — to provide digital certificates for authenticating end users and service providers.

According to a Diversinet statement, “digital certificates and permits complement and enhance each product’s capabilities to provide a total bandwidth-efficient security solution.”

Serving Certificates

The Passport Certificate Server issues WAP WTLS 1.1 (Wireless Transport Layer Security) certificates. WTLS is a wireless version of TLS, a wireline standard for secure communications that upgrades the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) standard.

“Diversinet’s software provides trust through our patented technology to ensure that buyers and sellers are authenticated,” Muradia added. “The software also provides an ‘audit trail’ that’s vital if the transaction is ever disputed.”

Digital certificates authenticate both the content provider, such as a brokerage firm, and the end user, safeguarding wireless transactions.

About Diversinet

Toronto, Canada-based Diversinet is a developer of PKI security products for wireless and wireline e-commerce applications. Diversinet’s Passport software, which includes authentication, digital certificates, permits and signatures, is designed for resource-constrained products, such as pagers, smart cards and wireless phones.

The company is a member of the WAP Forum.

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