From the Security Experts

September 18, 2012

Reutech and Cellcrypt Develop Secure Voice Solutions for South African Government

By SIP Trunking Report Contributor

To help South African government agencies in addressing the potential risks associated with the interception of sensitive voice communications, Reutech Communications, a provider of secure military communication solutions and Cellcrypt, a provider of encrypted voice calling for off-the-shelf cell phones using government-certified security, will jointly deliver a secure telecommunications platform for military, intelligence and civilian agencies within Southern Africa.

Under the terms of a recently signed strategic agreement, the two companies will jointly market Cellcrypt’s mobile and fixed line voice-encryption solution through a unique prepaid system. The prepaid service, which is currently available only in South Africa, will enable information technology departments to manage the expanding use of mobile devices and PBX deployments by provide a powerful tool to combat cyber attacks on critical national infrastructure.

In a statement, Martin De Beer, CEO of Reutech Communications said, “Traditional investment by end user groups into secure voice and messaging platforms is always in the orders of millions of rands with a very long time to implement, and projects of large magnitude have to contend with the dangers of technology being surpassed before it is even deployed. The aim of this new service is to deliver proven secure communications today through current technology platforms, at acceptable market prices, which can operate on any network via a broad range of mobile phones and virtually any PBX.”

The new jointly developed billing system has been modeled after mobile prepaid systems. For the first half of 2012, the two companies have been testing the platform which supports widely used mobile operating systems of devices such as Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Nokia as well as supporting virtually any PBX infrastructure through the new generation voice gateways from Cellcrypt.

In the events of unavailability of private networks, the solution secures mobile voice communications across the public network. The software application can be downloaded over all data-enabled mobile, Wi-Fi and satellite networks. Cellcrypt uses cryptography certified to the FIPS 140-2 security standard approved by the U.S. government National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Edited by Brooke Neuman