EMBEDDED: Rights mgmt. software streamlined - Embedded.com

EMBEDDED: Rights mgmt. software streamlined

Colorado Springs, Colo. — SafeNet Inc. has introduced a version of its Rights Management System software suite in a streamlined package for embedded devices. RMSe scales back the code complexity and memory requirements offered in the original RMS package, while keeping the bulk of its predecessor's license-management features.

SafeNet product manager Jam Khan said a key factor in offering an embedded version of the software was to make sure the suite was transparent to both processor binaries and operating systems, reflecting the mix of control-plane processors and real-time kernels encountered in embedded systems. As music and video become more commonplace in distributed mobile environments, he said, handheld or single-purpose devices have to serve as brokers of digital rights, thus bringing the need for RMS down to embedded devices.

“Historically, RMS had gone into the ISV [independent software vendor] environment, though we already had been offering the package to embedded OEMs,” Khan said. “Since SafeNet has many embedded customers for its security chips and cards, it made sense to offer a dedicated rights-management package for embedded developers.”

The package offers many how-to guides regarding the implementation of licensing policies, providing newcomers with a practical means of configuring products for a spectrum of digital rights. A single code build can be used to generate multiple license options.

The software allows systems to be developed with pre-installed licenses, or licenses that can be delivered via e-mail, Internet, phone, fax or memory-key updates. In some cases, RMS customers end up looking at SafeNet for token-based hardware solutions that can be used with rights-management software, though the RMSe package does not require the use of hardware adjuncts.

RMSe has a centralized management component that lets hosts audit and log the license terms of users.The software is designed to integrate with enterprise-level back-office systems using any kind of database, making it a part of standard enterprise resource-management suites.

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