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RMSe cuts code complexity for rights mgt.

Posted: 01 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SafeNet? RMS? rights management? embedded devices? license management?

SafeNet Inc. has introduced a version of its Rights Management System (RMS) 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 Jim Kahn 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. He pointed out that as music and video become more commonplace in distributed mobile environments, 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," Kahn 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.

- Loring Wirbel
EE Times

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