In July 2020, IGEL launched its IGEL Ready Program. IGEL is the world's leading provider of next-gen edge OS solutions for secure cloud workspace deployment. Its innovative software products include the IGEL OS™ operating system, the IGEL UD Pocket™, and the Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). With this portfolio, IGEL creates a more secure, intelligent, and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform for virtually any x86-based device. As part of the IGEL Ready Initiative, IGEL has now opened up its operating system to any technology partner who wants to integrate and validate their products to work with IGEL OS. For CHERRY, participation in the IGEL Ready Program is a great opportunity to offer its own products to an ever-growing market and create an increased presence to its customers. In addition, CHERRY is taking the opportunity to create basic compatibility of its products with IGEL so that no subsequent adjustments are required on the customer side. CHERRY thus makes it possible for its products to interact securely and smoothly with IGEL - just as users are accustomed to, simply according to the principle of plug & play.
Quality at the highest level
At CHERRY, we have always placed the utmost importance not only on the innovative character of our products but also on ensuring that they are ergonomic and, above all, safe. For this reason, we have always committed ourselves to a wide range of certifications in the development and manufacture of our products so that we can offer our customers the highest possible level of safety. CHERRY now has more than 30 certifications. This makes us one of the most certified manufacturers of computer input devices globally. On average, products from our company have around five to six certifications. Against this backdrop, the technology partnership with IGEL was, in a way, a logical next step. After all, it pays off perfectly in terms of our strategy of making our own products as secure and compatible as possible.
Security - a top issue now and in the future
Companies can no longer avoid the topic of security: due to virtualization as well as the shift of processes and resources to the cloud, it is becoming increasingly important that accesses made via endpoints are truly secure.
The SECURE BOARD1.0 is the first security keyboard whose IGEL OS directly supports encrypted key transmission. This effectively prevents insider attacks with hardware keyloggers and bad USB devices. The integrated card reader enables authentication using smart cards and contactless cards or tags equipped with an RF/NFC interface. Another product from CHERRY's security portfolio is the Fingerprint ID Mouse MC 4900, which provides fast and secure login and user authentication with the fingerprint.
The topic of security will continue to accompany corporations in the future. Reliable and seamless access to tools, applications, and services is absolutely critical for business continuity and further growth. Our interest is to ensure a continued level of security for customers throughout all of this. Joining IGEL Ready ensures that CHERRY and IGEL's joint customers have easy access to the best and latest software versions of the products at all times.