WIBU-Systems gagne le Premier Prix de la sécurité pour la prévention du piratage


[Translate to French:] Special Award for Cutting Edge Technology in Know-How Protection

[Translate to French:] First Prize for Wibu-Systems at Security Award Baden-Wuerttemberg for preventing Product Piracy

Karlsruhe – The application of Wibu-Systems AG with its solution to protect know-how and prevent product piracy was well received by the judging panel at the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The first prize of the Security Award Baden-Wuerttemberg 2011 was presented to Wibu-Systems on March 24th, at the "eltefa" trade fair in Stuttgart. Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, received the sculpture "Security Award" together with the certificate by Beate Bube, President of the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The solution Pro-Protect was a convincing winner as it demonstrated that companies could now for the first time simultaneously protect embedded machine software, related service documents and production data effectively. Pro-Protect supports companies to safeguard their revenues and know-how whilst sustaining their competitive edge.

Pro-Protect is one of ten projects fostered by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the research campaign against product piracy (more details at www.produktionsforschung.de). Wibu-Systems as coordinator, together with its industrial partners ZSK Stickmaschinen GmbH, GIS Gesellschaft für Informatik und Steuerungstechnik mbH, HOMAG Holzbearbeitungstechnik AG, and its research partner FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, extended the existing CodeMeter software protection technology to meet special requirements and needs of the machine and plant engineering branch. The protection hardware covers the newly developed plug-in cards to be retrofitted in existing controls and embedded systems meeting industrial needs, such as enhanced resistance and extreme temperature ranges. The form factors incorporate high level security as access privileges are stored in the secure Smart Card chip.

Oliver Winzenried commented: "With the security solutions incorporated within Pro-Protect we are able to help make replicas of machines and devices more difficult, to protect the know-how embedded within software and documents, to enhance service efficiency, and also to increase sales by introducing new business models. We have been able to close the existing gap of standardized protection systems. The Security Award is very valuable for us – the Award itself and the positive feedback of our customers successfully fending off product piracy increases our commitment in developing even more sophisticated solutions for protecting know-how. Our objective is to reduce the damage caused by product piracy. There remains much to be done: according to the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), in 2010 the damage caused by product piracy in the German engineering branch summed up to an estimated 6.4 billion Euros."

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