Digi Provides Secure Networking Solution for MICROS-Fidelio Communications

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII), the leader in Connectware, today announced it has teamed up with MICROS-Fidelio to provide secure IP communications for remote hotel property management solutions. Fidelio chose the Digi PortServer TS serial-to-Ethernet product family along with the new RealPort with Encryption COM port redirector software to more securely integrate key infrastructure onto the company's corporate network. RealPort with Encryption is an enhanced version of Digi's patented RealPort COM redirector technology which helps MICROS-Fidelio provide secure property management software service to major hotel chains worldwide.

"We've been using Digi's PortServer TS line of terminal servers featuring RealPort with Encryption software for several months now," said Kevin Doucette, manager of Opera interfaces, MICROS-Fidelio Software. "It allows us to securely transmit confidential information for our clients. As we rely on the Internet more to transfer information, the security provided by the RealPort with Encryption software becomes more important."

MICROS-Fidelio International transmits confidential information such as room status, guest names, VIP status, address information and other secure data for hotel chains worldwide. The information is managed from a centrally located data warehouse which is connected to remote serial devices such as telephone PBX systems, voicemail systems, video service systems, point-of-sale devices and many more. The Digi PortServer TS enables these devices to communicate directly with the data center, and the RealPort with Encryption software provides a secure port in which to transmit this data. This eliminates the need for each hotel to house its own server, decreases on-site hardware and allows for better customer support.

"It is vital that we provide a secure software solution for our customers, and the Digi PortServer TS including RealPort with Encryption enhances that security," Doucette added. "It was also extremely easy to implement. No software changes were required, including any changes to the existing software configurations."

RealPort with Encryption easily allows virtually any computer application that uses COM Port or TTY communications to connect securely to a serial device across an IP network. The Digi PortServer TS product family is the only line of one to 16-port device and terminal servers that provides this level of security. The single port Digi One IAP and the Digi Connect embedded modules also support RealPort with Encryption. Digi utilises industry standard SSL sockets with AES encryption to prevent internal and external snooping of data across an IP network. Digi RealPort with Encryption drivers are available free of charge for a wide range of operating systems and feature Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certification.

"RealPort with Encryption is ideal for financial, retail, government, utilities or any application requiring increased security to protect vital information," said Larry Kraft, vice president of Americas sales and global marketing, Digi International. "Already available across a full range of Digi products from embedded modules to 16-port terminal servers, this feature makes it easy for customers to securely network-enable their serial devices."

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