Sonicwall has unveiled a new compact device that allows cash machines and kiosks to use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) instead of expensive leased lines.
Most retail outlets and banks rely on a continuous connection to their company's network for online transaction processing. The Tele3 SP appliance combines a VPN and a firewall in a small 11cm x 16cm x 3cm box.
It also has the ability to dial up using an integrated modem if its broadband Ethernet connection fails, and can automatically re-establish this connection.
"Our customers in the retail point-of-sale industry substantially improve their value proposition as they migrate from expensive frame-relay systems and cumbersome dial-up connections to always-on, broadband internet access," said Mike Chaput, president of PCS Networks.
"The combination of form and functionality in the Tele3 SP provides a secure, high-availability solution for online transaction processing, resulting in strong initial demand for the product among our retail customer base."
Yankee Group industry analyst Anil Phull said the device represented a new class of remote end-point security.
It could be "deployed in distributed network environments like banks, retail stores and kiosk locations, providing corporate networks with security applications such as antivirus, content filtering and authentication," he added.
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