• FZ-M1

    Pocket size, fanless, fully rugged Windows 8.1 Pro Tablet with 7” outdoor display

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 secured by Becrypt for MOD and other security conscious markets

Panasonic & Becrypt address MOD requirements with CESG approved encryption for new 7 inch tablet, suitable for dismounted soldier operations

London, UK. 27th March, 2014 – Panasonic and Becrypt have collaborated to secure the latest Panasonic Toughpad 7 inch rugged tablet for the encryption requirements of the MOD and other security conscious markets. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, a fan-less, ultra lightweight and rugged 7-inch tablet, launched in January, is now available with the option of Becrypt’s Disk Protect CPA (Commercial Product Assurance), providing a CESG approved solution.

Panasonic and Becrypt came together in direct response to customer demand for a smaller, more lightweight, rugged tablet that is more usable while out on operations and has the assurance of CESG approved encryption. The Toughpad FZ-M1 with Becrypt Disk Protect CPA will be suitable for the Dismounted Soldier program, and can be used with a chest pouch for field operations, or a thigh strap for pilots, drivers and navigators.

Disk Protect CPA provides full disk encryption and features pre-boot authentication, ensuring that data remains appropriately protected. The software generates its own key material, so there is no requirement for CESG involvement, which means that the solution can be centrally managed using Becrypt Enterprise Manager. Devices can be installed, deployed, patched, receive password resets and be repudiated remotely, saving time and resource as devices do not need to be visited individually.

Kevin Tristram, General Manager at Panasonic Toughbook UK & Ireland said: “In order to meet the requirements of our defence customers we needed a military-level secure version of our latest 7 inch rugged tablet. Working with Becrypt, we have delivered a solution that is not only suitable for military and defence markets, but is also ideal for other industries that have a requirement for rugged handheld devices such as Oil & Gas, Emergency Services and Healthcare.”

Bernard Parsons, CEO of Becrypt said; “We have been working with Panasonic for several years now and welcomed this opportunity to build on our existing relationship to meet market demand. As powerful and highly usable new form factors are developed security conscious organisations are keen to take advantage of the increased flexibility and mobility.  At Becrypt we are committed to providing secure solutions for the latest devices, that ensure a good user experience, empowering people to do their job in sometimes challenging conditions, while ensuring that sensitive data remains secure.”

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is the world’s first fanless, 7”, Windows 8.1 Pro fully-rugged tablet powered by 4th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 vProTM processor. With 7.0 inch tablets one of the fastest growing market sectors, Panasonic has combined the mobility and flexibility of this pocketable form factor with its rugged and business-focused design to create the thinnest* and lightest* rugged 7” tablet on the market.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)
PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU’s goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organizations efficiency and performance. We help organizations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays and rugged mobile PCs. With around 500 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.

The new PSCEU is made up of four business divisions:
• Communication Solutions including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and HD video conferencing systems.
• Visual System Solutions including projectors, interactive whiteboards, presentation aids and displays. Panasonic
is the European market leader in projectors with 28% revenue share.
• Professional Camera Solutions including professional audio visual, security and industrial medical vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.
• Computer Product Solutions including the Toughbook range of rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. Panasonic Toughbook had 63.3% unit share of the European rugged and durable notebook market and a 29.2 unit share of the rugged business tablet market in 2012 (VDC, March 2013).
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.30 trillion yen (68 billion euros) for the year ended March 31, 2013. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at www.toughbook.eu

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About Becrypt
Becrypt is a leading supplier of innovative mobile security solutions and services that are Government-certified, and suitable for many industry sectors. Becrypt provides a range of Cyber Security solutions to protect data at rest and data in use, across a broad range of platforms, from Laptops to Smartphones, from Windows to iOS and Android. Becrypt’s secure thin client technology supports virtual data infrastructure (VDI) access, enabling secure and rapid IT transformation within the Enterprise, as well as cost effective remote access.

Through its focus on product assurance, multiple platforms and centralised management, Becrypt’s solutions enable the most security conscious organisations to deliver cost effective compliance, whilst maintaining flexibility, choice and usability for their users.

As a leading supplier of encryption technology to the UK Government, Ministry of Defence and UK Police, Becrypt also offers Cyber Security Consultancy and bespoke systems.

Becrypt has offices in London, UK, and McLean, VA, USA. For more information visit: www.becrypt.com