Broadbeam's Deal With Palm Boosts Security For Mobile Users



Wireless platform vendor Broadbeam Corp. has reached an agreement with Palm Inc. to provide systems integrators with tools to develop secure bridges that enable mobile professionals to access enterprise applications via the Palm VII device.

As large companies increasingly seek to extend access to their enterprise applications via handheld devices, the issue of security has begun to raise eyebrows. Typically, Palm users access data through Palm.net's wireless Web. Broadbeam representatives say this third-party site isn't secure enough for mobile professionals to access core business data. To combat this issue, the company is embedding its client software into the device to control the Palm's radio transmission, allowing mobile professionals to access company applications and data directly.

In conjunction with this announcement, Palm also plans to develop applications with its partners to further extend the Palm VII's capabilities to enterprise users. Applications will vary and support several vertical industries, including automotive, CRM, education, field service, fleet management, and healthcare.

Palm is trying to open up its opportunities in the enterprise market space, and Broadbeam will make a great partner because of its longevity in this arena, says Roberta Wiggins, director of wireless data research at the Yankee Group. "There's still a need for a middleware vendor like Broadbeam in this market space to provide optimization and security for wireless environments."

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