Using the combination of an IP PBX and a Secbox, it is possible to connect the office VoIP and PSTN lines with Secfones; and with special settings, it is possible to implement a secure conference server (either for Secfones only, or one that is available from other extensions).
The Secfone conference system extends the original Secfone functionality (secure, IP-based, peer-to-peer voice communication) with telephone conference functionality. Users only need their secfones to access the conference rooms; the server side of the system consists of a conference server (based on Asterisk) and a secbox of necessary bandwidth (D15 for small systems, Secbox Enterprise for large systems).
Users connect to the conference system by calling a special secfone number. The actual conferences are carried out in so-called conference rooms. A conference room is a set of parameters (room number and password) that allow people to participate in the same conference. A different room number means a different set of people; and not knowing the password means that you cannot enter the conference room. The lobby is a special part of the conference room: you are already connected to the room but you are not yet participating in the actual conversation. In the lobby you can record and modify your identification message; you can record and delete voice messages; and you can listen to the voice messages of others. The administrator can delete the voice messages of others as well and he is the one who can close (free) the room.
There are two kinds of roles regarding a conference room. The first person, who sets the room up (number and password), will be the administrator of the conference room. (Strictly speaking, the system identifies the administrator by her telephone number, so anyone calling from that telephone number can be the administrator.) The remaining participants will be users of the room. One person can be a user of any number of conference rooms (entering and leaving them freely, if she has the necessary information), but one person can administer only one room at a time. If you set up a conference room, you cannot set up another one before you closed the first. Different people can set up different conference rooms at the same time (and the administrator of one room can participate in other conferences as a user).
Furthermore, Secfone is much more than just a secure VoIP client. The MVCN technology can also be used to direct any kind of IP traffic, and to take the example of a bank, it is possible to use the Android™ Secfone to run e.g. a special forex client that connects securely to a server of the bank or to access a special intranet site.
The mobile workforce (salespeople, brokers, etc.) raises two great problems at once: first, for security reasons they should not carry sensitive data with themselves (but should access them for presentation or making decisions); and second, such people may need technical stuff for a part of their presentation, but letting technical people travel is usually too costly.
Using a combination of Secfones and Secbox devices, an excellent solution can be implemented. The salesperson can use her netbook or notebook with a Secbox (or an Android™ tablet, or even an Android™ smartphone with Secfone) to access presentation data on the company server. Depending on the solution, it may be a secure web site, but it is also possible to use a remote desktop program, much like a thin client.
Furthermore, if technical support is required, the salesperson can be called securely either via Secfone or VoIP via Secbox; and if necessary, screens can be shared with the technical staff via Secbox.
The example scenario comes from the Japanese healthcare system. A network of regional and community hospitals was established in Japan. Local community hospitals treat everyday cases and only the acute cases are treated at the regional hospitals.
This hierarchical system requires a thoroughly planned and executed information network to allow highly sensitive personal medical information to be exchanged between the institutions with the highest security considerations. Secboxes are the perfect solution for such widely deployed and structured information network.
Most multinational manufacturing companies purchase parts for their products from third party suppliers. These companies must be informed of upcomingproducts and their specifications and they must also be able to coordinate production efforts on a global scale. Information flow between these facilities can constitute an extremely high security risk. In today’s competitive climate, industrial espionage and corporate data theft is a widely used tool to gain a competitive edge over competitors. Many times, this information leak can cost a company millions of dollars. MVCN architecture is a simple yet highly sophisticated tool to battle data theft.
Large enterprises often operate on multiple levels. Headquarters, suppliers, subcontractors, etc must always be up-to-date with product and company information. Due to the geographic separation of these sites, the information exchange must be executed over the open internet. Specifications, development data, price information, etc are too important to jeopardize their integrity. Current VPN solutions not only provide mediocre levels of security but are also very difficult to configure and manage. MVCN network is designed to work in mission critical security situations even in a cross platform environment, making setup, management and configuration of the network a simple task.
Japanese companies frequently have their data centers hosted in overseas companies, especially in China. One such company is in Tairen, which hosts equipment for 4000 different companies. Such overseas hosting solutions can only work with guaranteed bandwidth leased lines.
A leased line between China and Japan costs approximately ¥2 million/month. Although bandwidth is a main issue in this example, security becomes a concern as well. Secboxes can not only decrease the operating cost of overseas hosting and data centers but greatly increases the network security levels compared to commonly used VPN solutions.
Complex government projects require the cooperation of a large number of offices. Numerous levels of involvement, extent of information exchange create a security risk for highly sensitive information. Information such as open biddings, construction work details, design information, architectural specifications, etc. must be securely shared. However, this information network must be easy to build and maintenance should not require too much attention. An MVCN network built with Secboxes can provide a low cost, easy to use and high security means of data exchange.