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View Full Version : Cameras and Security - Big Concerns for Enterprise Smartphones

Mike Temporale
08-22-2005, 09:30 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php?id=1016506784' target='_blank'>http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php?id=1016506784</a><br /><br /></div><i>"Wireless vendors are rolling out a new generation of handheld computers called smartphones for corporate users, but many network executives say they won't consider them until the means to manage and secure them are clear. For example, Nokia, which uses the Symbian operating system, recently made available the Nokia 9500 Communicator, a handheld with Wi-Fi and cellular support. This fall the company plans to ship a similar model, the 9300, without Wi-Fi. Nokia says they're the first smartphones it has designed specifically for corporate use."</i><br /><br />At times this article sounds an awful lot like a commercial for a specific security tool. :roll: Regardless, it talks about various security concerns that corporations are concerned about when picking a security platform. Cameras and remote management are two of the main ones. We know that remote management is being addressed with the upcoming Exchange release, and some devices - at least on the Pocket PC side, are shipping with 2 different flavours; with a camera and without. On the Smartphone side, we haven't really seen that in regards to cameras. However, we are seeing that happen with the respect to WiFi. The 2 new Qtek devices are "optional" WiFi allowing the enterprise to have some level of security. I can only guess that we will see this happening with cameras soon too. Which I'm sure some of you will like to see. If that's what it takes to get the corporate world more interested in Smartphones, then so be it. Just as long as they make sure to continue to give the average customer some choice in all this. :)