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CCS and dopplerVUE Partner for Secure Access Management for 'Smart Home'

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December 16, 2009

CCS and dopplerVUE Partner for Secure Access Management for 'Smart Home'

By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor

Today more than ever, the need for home security and cybersecurity is a must-have in every household, no matter location, network settings or size of data and information. And, with today’s “smart home” industry, data networks are joined by home security and advanced audio and video systems that create even more complexity. 

And now, Certified Cyber Solutions, or “CCS,” is tackling these challenges head-on, through a new product called Secure Access Management, or “SAM,” that will be sold to installers and resellers of residential systems that employ IP networks, such as audio and video, home security and smart home systems.

Russ Pritchard, co-founder and CEO of CCS said that the company wanted a platform that first of all would close the cybersecurity holes that have opened up through the growth of system resellers interconnecting their systems through the home network, especially protecting against liability due to unmanaged access.

With SAM, businesses that offer smart home management services can better protect residential customers from cyber threats and offer value-added services on top of network and security monitoring with Kratos’ dopplerVUE networking monitoring platform, which CCS selected today.

“Our customers need one view into a variety of components,” Pritchard said, adding that, since employees are usually not networking gurus, they need the information presented in a way that makes interpreting problems and solutions easy. 

Kratos’ dopplerVUE's user interface and customizable dashboards made it the best solution for CCS users, he added, with its real-time network and IT data monitoring systems. dopplerVUE will be packaged with SAM as the monitoring platform and user interface. 

'This is an exciting partnership for us,' said Mike Smith, General Manager of the Kratos Network Products group. 'CCS has an innovative solution for a growing challenge in a booming market. It is exactly the kind of problem we built dopplerVUE to help solve.'

Two factors that constituted the selection process for CCS: architecture and platform.

With dopplerVUE’s architecture, users can have maximum flexibility to customize data collection and display, which company officials said is suitable as an OEM solution for hardware and software manufacturers looking to monitor and secure their products.

In regards to platform, CCS needed a system that could manage atypical elements. 

“Not only does dopplerVUE monitor network devices such as routers, switches and servers, but the solution can also integrate IP-enabled devices used in A/V solutions, security systems and even ‘smart’ lighting and appliances,” company officials said.

Consumers can expect the first SAM systems equipped with the dopplerVUE in January 2010.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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