A new multiyear agreement between Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. and Intel Corp. will couple Check Point’s remote access software with Intel’s new Centrino mobile computing technology.

Under the agreement, systems based on Centrino will feature a customized version of Check Point’s VPN-1 SecureClient, according to information provided by Check Point. The modified VPN-1 SecureClient will be optimized for PC manufacturers that are interested in integrating end-to-end VPN encryption into laptops, according to the information. The move is intended to improve mobile client security for corporate notebooks using Intel’s new Centrino mobile technology chip. Users will be able to connect securely to corporate and home networks as well as wireless “hot spots.” The Centrino brand is an umbrella name for a range of technologies to be introduced later this month, including IEEE 802.11 WLAN (wireless LAN) chips and a new microprocessor, known until now by its code name “Banias,” which is designed to extend the battery life of mobile devices. VPN-1 SecureClient is a software application that provides user authentication and encryption capabilities in addition to other security features such as a personal firewall and security configuration control.

Real, Ericsson team for mobile media

RealNetworks Inc. is aiming to spring-board its media delivery technology onto a host of mobile devices through a new deal forged with Swedish telecommunications infrastructure provider Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.

Under the agreement Ericsson will be integrating Real’s Helix media delivery technology into its new Content Delivery Solution. Ericsson Content Delivery Solution will provide operators with media delivery offerings catered to the mobile market, as well as provide back-end support and monitoring. Through the alliance, Real is hoping to gain access to Ericsson’s relationships with more than 100 mobile carriers, and proliferate its technologies across a range of global markets, according to Ian Freed, vice-president of Mobile Products and Services at Real. Ericsson will be integrating Real’s Helix Universal Mobile Server and Helix Universal Mobile Gateway, which allow mobile operators to stream and control media on their networks. The Helix technologies stream every major 3GPP-compliant format, including RealAudio, RealVideo, and MPEG-4. According to Freed, Real’s support of the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) standard is a big draw for operators since it allows roaming between carriers.

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