NGTS takes a crack at Peanut

  • TECH
  • Monday, 04 Apr 2011

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PETALING JAYA: NGT Solutions (M) Sdn Bhd has just launched a mobile security application that allows data communications on mobile phones to be encrypted.

The application, which is called Peanut, is an enhanced mobile text messaging product that has a variety of features including identity management, management of private contacts, message organisation, restricted messages, remote wipeout of data, backup, restore, auto-expiration and scheduled message delivery.

Peanut can send secure encrypted messages between users of the software and only the intended recipient with the correct password will be able to open the message. Additionally, if the wrong password is entered three times, the application will lock up for a set period of time.

While Peanut has an obvious application for personal communication between consumers, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), said that one of the reasons MDeC has supported Peanut’s development is because it could serve as an important tool for businesses to carry out secure and private communications.

MDeC is the custodian of the MSC Malaysia iniative.

Other fields that could benefit from Peanut are the military, law enforcement and other governmental bodies.

Datuk J. L. Solomon, executive chairman of NGT Solutions, said that Peanut was jointly developed by Loment Inc of the United States and NGT Solutions with support from MDeC. It is written as a Java application but is also available for RIM's BlackBerry, Symbian mobiles, Android and J2ME devices.

Support for the iPhone and Microsoft Windows will be launched soon.

According to Solomon, Peanut will be offered for free over the next two months, after which the company is considering charging on a subscription basis of no more than RM33 a year or RM3 per month.

The company is also trying to encourage the use of Peanut by offering attractive prizes for users to invite other users to install the software.

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