Frequent readers of this blog will know that I have written about the MobiKEY made by Route1 Inc. on a couple of occasions. Well I was surprised to hear that Route1 has sold their technology to the U.S. Department Of Homeland Security via their partner Quest Communications:
“Route1 Inc. (TSX-V:ROI) and Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced they will deliver Route1’s highly secure identity management and dynamic Virtual Private Network (VPN) platform to the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The initial three-year deal is valued in excess of $2 million and is being delivered through Route1’s reseller partner, Qwest Government Services Inc. under the Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS) 2001 Crossover contract. This agreement is the beginning of a multi-year implementation and covers the license of a DEFIMNET™ with the first 500 TruOFFICE™ subscriptions included. DHS has the option to acquire up to 95,000 additional subscriptions for TruOFFICE and other Route1 services over the life of the contract on the initial hardware.”
This is a huge deal for this company. Route1 is a small company in Toronto who has been fighting for market recognition and sales for its cutting edge remote access technology. This sale gives U.S. Homeland Security the ability to deliver its users secure remote access, and it puts another Canadian company on the map. I’ve been using their technology for a while and I’ve been hoping that this company gets a big breakthrough to take it into Research In Motion territory. It may be happening for them right now.
I’d watch this company. I believe that big things are coming from Route1 in the next little while.