Mobile Industry on the Move July 27

— July 27, 2013

Apple bought HopStop, a mapping app, but what else is going on in the world of mobility? Here are this week’s moves by the major players.
 
AT&T
AT&T has become the official wireless provider for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line. The carrier will deploy a broad range of the latest mobility technologies, solutions and applications to enhance the experience for Disney guests using smart phones and tablets during their visit. 

Disney Cast Members will also use new mobile devices on AT&T’s network to help deliver guest service to enhance the in-park experience. AT&T will have various marketing and branding opportunities and will become an official sponsor of Disney-created soccer and run events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

In addition, Disney will join AT&T to educate Cast Members and guests about “It Can Wait,” AT&T’s initiative to educate consumers about the dangers of texting while driving.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with AT&T,” said Meg Crofton, President, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France.  “This alliance joins two companies that share a commitment to providing quality experiences, and we look forward to the collaboration as we continue to leverage technology to enhance the experience for our guests.”

Aruba Networks
Aruba Networks, Inc.'s 220 Series Access Points, enterprise access points for the 802.11ac standard have achieved certification through the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM ac program. The program aims to ensure interoperability of 802.11ac-certified devices across vendors.

“Completing Wi-Fi Alliance certification for our 802.11ac solution gives our customers the assurance they need to transition to 802.11ac or expand existing 802.11ac implementations,” said Robert Fenstermacher, Director, Product and Solutions Marketing, Aruba Networks.

The University of Delaware is currently deploying nearly 300 of Aruba’s AP-225 802.11ac APs in three new buildings on its main campus in Newark, DE.

Accellion
Accellion, Inc. has received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification for their cryptographic module. The module now extends coverage to AES 256 bit encryption to Accellion's newly introduced mobile productivity features.

“We understand that enterprise security and government regulatory needs can shift rapidly, so we simply must be qualified to meet our customers’ needs,” said Yorgen Edholm, CEO, Accellion. “We’re bringing innovative, new software solutions to market, and regularly make sure we’re compliant to the highest standards of any regulatory body. Accellion is raising the bar for enterprise security and mobile productivity, and our FIPS recertification extends our compliance even more broadly.”

In addition to the recertification of the newer encryption module, Accellion can also be deployed in a FedRAMP approved facility for customers choosing its hosted solution. FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.
 
Asynchrony
Asynchrony has completed the development of a software development kit for both iOS and Android for use in payment processing with Simplify Commerce by MasterCard, a new product for U.S. merchants and developers to accept e-commerce and mobile commerce payments, regardless of payment brand.

“MasterCard is always looking for ways to make payments easier, and Simplify Commerce is a new way to help merchants and developers connect with electronic payments,” said Rahul Deshpande, Technical Evangelist, MasterCard Labs. “We built Simplify Commerce on an open platform that developers can enhance, and we are pleased that Asynchrony leveraged its expertise in the mobile space to build robust SDKs to support our open platform in a systematic, well-documented manner.”

“Three of Asynchrony’s most experienced mobile developers built libraries for other developers to easily integrate Simplify Commerce into their app or website,” said Nate McKie, CTO, Asynchrony. “In the end, the MasterCard product is a payment processing system written by developers for developers--we just made it easier for creators of mobile applications that want to accept payments. Our strategy was to produce code that we, as developers, would want to use.”

Vox Mobile
Vox Mobile has launched Vox Choice, mobility management software which provides secure, compliant and efficient process automation and self-service systems for enterprise mobility programs.

“Mobile users within a company require different devices, accessories and services to meet their individual mobility needs,” said Kris Snyder, CEO, Vox Mobile. “With Vox Choice, both the company and its workforce can have options. No matter what the ratio of corporate liable to BYOD, Vox Choice can enable an efficient and effective program with significant positive ROI.”

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