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Verizon Business Partners and Motorola to Protect Retailers' Wireless Networks

By Raju Shanbhag January 13, 2010
For retailers looking to be in constant touch with the salesmen, who are serving the customers, wireless networks are just what the doctor ordered. But these networks sometimes pose problems for the retailers as they are vulnerable to attacks by the hackers. Now, Verizon Business has joined hands with Motorola to introduce a managed wireless security service that will be offered via Verizon's Framework for Retail.
 
The Verizon Framework aspires for a simplified installation of IT facilities at the retailers’ site. It will make use of its global IP network and the company's data centers to host and securely connect disparate applications and technology platforms. The company plans to deliver the retail framework in three phases.
 
As Verizon Business looks to increase its support for retailers, the new managed service and framework are considered to be a key part of the company’s initiative in achieving its goal. The company has also created Verizon Retail, a retail practice group serving retailers and their specific needs.
 
According to Ravi Bagal, vice president and global managing director – retail, Verizon Business, interoperability is a huge issue for retailers.
 
“Unfortunately, retailers are plagued with a mishmash of applications that often do not integrate with each other and can be disruptive to their business,” Bagal said. “The new Verizon Framework for Retail solves the interoperability challenge by seamlessly connecting disparate applications and allowing retailers to put technology to work for them.”
 
Verizon Business' managed security offering makes use of Motorola AirDefense wireless security products, which protect 802.11 wireless local area networks – the most common wireless LANS. This offering also helps retailers comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard requirements.
 
Recently, these two companies came together to implement wireless high definition video streaming over Verizon Wireless’ pre-commercial long term evolution network with its own 4G LTE mobile platform. The solution will provide mobile consumers with wireless broadband experience in their mobile devices.
 
To find out more about Alex Shneyderman and Motorola, visit the company at the M2M Evolution Conference. To be held Jan. 20 in Miami and collocated with ITEXPO East 2010, the M2M Evolution Conference will focus on how telemetry has been changing to take advantage of the Internet, where WAN and LAN systems were points of aggregation in the past today’s machines benefit from the ability to connect worldwide. And as the machines continue to look to network the wireless world represents a large growth opportunity for data communication. Shneyderman is speaking during “The Machines Are Talking.” Don’t wait. Register now.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for IoTevolutionworld. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

IoTevolutionworld Contributor

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