Oracle helps secure wireless application arena

Oracle teams with SmartTrust to roll out wireless editon of 9i application server as middleware for wireless application development and deployment

Oracle teams with SmartTrust to roll out wireless editon of 9i application server as middleware for wireless application development and deployment

Oracle Corporation have also shown their commitment to the wireless world with the Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) Wireless Edition. Oracle9iAS does not neglect the security aspects of mobile transactions as the team up with Sonera SmartTrust Ltd shows. Together they will provide a secure solution for mobile transactions on Global System for Mobile (GSM) networks through Oracle9iAS.

Oracle9i Application Server Wireless Edition is middleware for developing and deploying wireless applications. It provides data management for location information such as road networks, wireless service boundaries, and geocoded customer addresses. This will allow companies to take advantage of location technology to deliver wireless services through targeted, location-aware applications with information such as maps, directions, traffic reports and positioning.

Oracle9iAS extends Oracle's public key infrastructure (PKI) backing to the wireless device by providing support for SmartTrust Secure Server's wireless public key infrastructure (WPKI) technology.

With this, mobile applications can now be deployed with end-to-end security on GSM networks. Information passing through the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) gateway will not be exposed in clear text during the wireline to wireless (SSL-to-WTLS) translation. Instead, the information is only decrypted into clear text by the device itself using the authentication key stored in the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card. This provides a secure infrastructure for mobile transactions from device to database.

This has made it popular for those heavily involved with mobile transactions and e-business. Some of their users include network operators Sprint, Telia, and Telecom Italia Mobile, while they also number Birka Energi in Sweden and Overseas Union Bank in Singapore among their enterprise users.

With the wireless location-based services expected to grow into a market that is estimated to exceed US$20 billion by 2006, according to industry analyst firm Ovum, Oracle recently announced that some 5,500 solutions providers and developers have signed up to work with Oracle to build mobile solutions with Oracle9iAS Wireless Edition and OracleMobile Online Studio.

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