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Columbitech adds Linux support, aims for automotive telematics market

Aug 26, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Wireless security software developer Columbitech today announced the availability of a Linux client for its Columbitech Wireless Suite.

Columbitech's cross-platform Wireless Suite supports W2K, XP, PocketPC, Windows Mobile 2003, and even DOS with secure VPN clients. The addition of Linux brings a cost-effective, low-maintenance, and vital component, according to Columbitech. The company says its Wireless Suite offers strong security, robust and persistent connectivity, and seamless network roaming.

Columbitech hopes its Linux client will see use in automotive telematics, where it would interact via wireless networks with servers run by telematics service providers.

Columbitech claims its Wireless Suite ensures the integrity of the information sent across the wireless link, increases the data transmission speed, and allows the driver to move seamlessly between a wide area cellular network and a Wireless LAN network, for example at a gas station.

“There is strong momentum for Linux in the market and we have been encouraged to develop our Linux client by major carmakers, system integrators, and PDA manufacturers,” said Pontus Bergdahl, CEO for Columbitech. “With the Linux client in place we are also in an excellent position to quickly support other client operating systems including the most challenging embedded environments.”

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