Funk Adds Authentication

Funk Software announces Steel-Belted Radius/SIM Server v1.3 policy server that adds support for SMS-based subscriber authentication

August 15, 2005

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Funk Software, a leading provider of network access security and policy management solutions, today announced Steel-Belted Radius®/SIM Server v1.3, a new version of Funk's policy server that adds support for Short Message Service (SMS)-based subscriber authentication. This new functionality lets wireless operators who have not completed the transition to an 802.1X wireless infrastructure offer public WLAN access services, while leveraging their existing customer care, roaming and billing infrastructure – opening new revenue opportunities, without requiring an extensive overhaul of their network.

Appropriate for GSM and CDMA infrastructures, Steel-Belted Radius provides Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) services in 802.1X, non-802.1X, and Unlicensed Mobile Alliance (UMA) environments. With Steel-Belted Radius/SIM Server, operators can leverage the unique strengths of IP to gain faster, more flexible deployment of new and differentiated multimedia communication services such as public wireless hotspot access and Unlicensed Mobile Alliance access – while still being able to authenticate and authorize subscribers based on information in their HLR/AuC or other database.

New in Steel-Belted Radius/SIM Server v1.3 is support for subscriber authentication via the SMS text messaging protocol. SMS-based authentication lets wireless operators who either do not support 802.1X or who wish to more securely handle non-802.1X subscribers offer WLAN services to their subscribers. Steel-Belted Radius/SIM Server also supports subscriber authentication via EAP-SIM and EAP-AKA, providing secure hotspot access for devices in GPRS and UMTS networks.

“IP-based services have been shown to be sticky, so these services not only increase operator revenue but also attract new subscribers and reduce churn,” said Chris Rogers, vice president of Funk Software’s Network Service Provider Business Unit. “Steel-Belted Radius/SIM Server provides authorization and security which is equivalent to current GSM mobile networks and preserves investment in the existing mobile core network infrastructure.”

Funk Software Inc.

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