TOKYO, Japan (March 9, 2016) - OPTiM (TSE: 3694), the market leader of IoT platforms, announced a new platform for the selling of business apps, OPTiM Store. In a partnership with over 50 business app developers, over 100 secure apps will be available※1 for customers to provide in a biometric authentication-supported, custom business app store.
The use of smart devices continues to grow, and a rapidly increasing number and scope of apps are being developed. In addition, the use of such devices in the business sector is becoming more and more widespread, with the number of SaaS※2 applications growing 46% between 2012 and 2015※3 and MDM※4 services being used in an increasing number of companies. There are numerous apps optimized for business use, but a variety of problems prevent companies from using them. These issues include finding that the desired apps are usually not available in a single place, difficulty in setting up and managing an app on multiple devices, and there are various other problems with security, payment, ID and license management. Any and all of these are difficult to manage without IT-specialized staff in a workplace. Most importantly, there is a growing need to have extra security for mobile devices, which are especially vulnerable to data leaks. Security measures that utilize organic signatures, such as a fingerprint, are considered much more secure against identity theft compared to traditional password or PIN systems. To answer these needs, OPTiM has developed the biometric authentication-secured marketplace, OPTiM Store.
OPTiM Store is a business-use secure application marketplace that aims to provide solutions that can increase the efficiency of all areas of a business that utilizes smart devices. It strives to be a marketplace that is easy for end users to purchase from, easy for developers to sell from, and easy for store creators to set up. For this, OPTiM Store embraces four concepts: Easy, User Friendly, Secure, and Smart.
Over 50 companies have entered an alliance with OPTiM to provide apps and services through OPTiM Store. With these partnerships, over 100 business-essential apps will be available. These have been carefully selected to suit business needs, and are not restricted in any way by OS or device model. Furthermore, each application provider is part of a strong partnership with OPTiM, so there are no special procedures needed for volume licenses or customer requests.
For more information on this service, please visit the OPTiM Store website
|※1||Companies and applications that are currently under contract negotiation are included in this number.|
|※2||SaaS: Software as a Service: a usage model whereby the software is used when needed.|
|※3||Source: a 2015 study of 7,000 companies worldwide by Palo Alto Networks.|
|※4||MDM stands for "Mobile Device Management," an enterprise solution that collectively manages all employee smart devices and offers security when a device is lost or stolen. MDM provides features such as remote lock and prevention of malicious application launch.|
|※5||Source for 2011 and 2012 sales figures: "Cloud Service Market: Current Condition and Forecasts 2013," published in October 2013 by MIC Research Institute, LTD. IT Asset Management & MDM Market Source for 2013 and 2014 sales figures: "Cloud Service (SaaS / ASP) Market: Current Condition and Forecasts 2015", published in June 2015 by MIC Research Institute, Ltd. IT Asset Management & MDM Market. There was no 2014 edition of the report published.|
|※6||This feature is currently under development.|
|※7||A technology that connects an ID provider-issued ID and password to each applications and service.|
|※8||Initializing machines and devices.|
|※9||The authority to use one ID and password to access multiple OS and applications.|
|※10||Not a guarantee of perfect operation.|
OPTiM is a leader in internet-based services that improve its clients’ interactions with technology in all aspects of everyday life. Its services include Optimal Biz, a cloud device management service, Optimal Remote, a remote management service, Optimal Support, a setup support service, and the Unlimited content and software suite series. Its business partners include NTT, KDDI, Canon, and Fuji Xerox. Based in Tokyo, Japan, its corporate motto is, "We make the net as simple as breathing."
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