Cloakware Launches Comprehensive OMA Digital Rights Management Solution

Thursday, September 10th, 2009 

OMA DRM 1.0 Client Brings Proven Security Technology to Android-powered Devices

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands — IBC 2009 — Cloakware, an Irdeto Group (JSE: NPN) company that provides proven software solutions for securing business and digital assets, today announced a new Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)-compliant Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution for the secure delivery of digital content across the popular Android open source platform. This solution, the OMA DRM 1.0 Client for Google’s Android Operating System, is a natural expansion of the company’s proven Windows Mobile offering and was developed in response to the groundswell of Android-supported mobile devices, including smartphones, netbooks, and other consumer electronics devices on the market today.

A recent report from Strategy Analytics forecasts that Android will be the operating system of choice for 12 percent of smartphones by 2012, so device manufacturers, application developers and wireless carriers must implement a robust security approach now to mitigate the unique risks and vulnerabilities associated with open source technology.

“The release of Cloakware’s OMA DRM 1.0 Client for Android gives device manufacturers and their customers an edge in delivering secure content through an operating system that is fast becoming a new content ecosystem,” said David Canellos, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Irdeto. “By leveraging Cloakware’s extensive content and application security expertise in the development of the Android solution, we are able to meet the security requirements for carriers and content providers alike and are positioned to fully support a range of Android devices used in the broadcast, cable, gaming and motion picture industries.”

To accomplish this, Cloakware’s OMA DRM 1.0 Client for Android features the OMA Content Ingestion Agent, which processes all secure content and licenses similar to Android’s normal file download process. Additionally, the client features the OMA DRM Engine, which responds to requests by device applications for access to OMA secure content for rendering, file management, or peer-to-peer sharing. The OMA DRM Engine checks for licenses, evaluates the rights language of the license and decrypts the content for the application, working in conjunction with Android software. All mandatory and optional OMA DRM features and several features specifically designed for Android mobile devices are incorporated into the new client, including:

  • Support for all three OMA DRM delivery methods: forward lock, combined delivery, and separate delivery
  • Peer-to-peer sharing and licensing of shared content
  • Support for Android DRM application programming interfaces
  • Advanced encryption features to prevent unauthorized content redistribution
  • Maintenance of rights objects received by the rights issuer
  • Streamlined device integration
  • DRM User Interface that supports 27 languages and localized customizations