V-One sets up VPNs with Pocket PCs

V-One sets up VPNs with Pocket PCs

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

MAY 1—V-One Corp. has adapted its SmartGate virtual private network software for the new Pocket PCs from Casio Inc. of Dover, N.J., Compaq Computer Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co., all of which run a handheld version of Microsoft Windows.

Officials of V-One of Germantown, Md., said the Pocket PC VPNs can connect either wirelessly or by wired links to provide authentication, access control and triple Data Encryption Standard encryption. They also said the Environmental Protection Agency is piloting a wireless VPN version called Air SmartGate on platforms such as the Motorola Inc. PageWriter 2000 two-way pager and Windows CE devices.

Pocket PC users register themselves online for SmartGate VPN via browser; the Pocket PCs bundle lightweight versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet Explorer. They also accept handwritten input. To access large-scale applications on a central server, Pocket PCs work with Microsoft Terminal Server or Citrix WinFrame from Citrix Systems Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Separately, V-One plans to release a $7,495 turnkey SmartGuard VPN and firewall appliance, built by Intel Corp. with a 500-MHz Celeron processor, 128M of RAM and 9G of storage. The 1.75-inch-thick server runs a hardened version of the Red Hat Linux 6.2 operating system from Red Hat Inc. of Durham, N.C., and manages inbound or outbound traffic on any IP network.

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