FS-Systems represents Sera4 in Africa

FS-Systems, a South African company, has announced that they are representing Sera4 in Africa. We are excited to have FS-Systems supporting Teleporte in Africa with local supply and support.

The press release can be found here.

Sera4 Presents at the MTSA Canada Annual Forum

Sera4 was represented at MTSA Canada‘s Annual Forum “Creative Disruption”. CEO David Coode shared the value the Sera4 brings to critical infrastructure and how it can translate to create value in mining applications.

American Tower selects Sera4 for Latin America Perimeter Security

Sera4 has announced that they are equipping American Tower Corporation sites in Latin America with their Teleporte access control solution and AP3 Armoured Padlock for perimeter access control at sites throughout Latin America. The Teleporte solution, together with Sera4 padlocks and controllers, provide a truly keyless access management solution, solving a longstanding operational issue regarding physical keys. Locks can be opened securely through anyone’s modern mobile phone and the identity of the person entering the site is automatically recorded.

Sera4 AP3 padlocks are designed for outdoor use at remote sites. With a 10mm guarded shackle, AP3 provides a formidable level of physical robustness. With a 5-year expected battery life and convenient battery changes, the AP3 padlocks and very low impact on maintenance programs.

“Teleporte helps tower companies streamline their operations as they no longer have to get physical keys or cards to anyone who needs to access sites that can be geographically isolated”, says David Coode, CEO at Sera4.

Your Wi-Fi Security is Obsolete!

Today, the world came to know that Wi-Fi has a catastrophic vulnerability in its negotiation of security keys.

Unlike the cracking of WEP (over 15 years ago) – this represents a huge concern for individual and corporate “privacy” as:

  • the reliance of Wi-Fi for data transport has become the default standard rather than the exception,
  • without software updates, there is no “alternate” way to configure your network to protect yourself (short of turning it off)

Fortunately, the report of the WPA2 security hole came many months ago – allowing vendors to implement fixes to their products.

Unfortunately, it will take many years to proliferate those fixes to everyone and every device.  I shudder to think how many products will be abandoned as “obsolete” by their manufacturers, meanwhile millions of users will go unprotected.

This Public Service Announcement hopefully highlights your immediate need to seek firmware upgrades for all your Wi-Fi devices (phones, laptops, routers)!

All our customers can rest assured that Sera4 products are not subject to this type of attack. Our current technologies and strict security protocols – prevent “man-in-the-middle” attacks – and we’re staying on top of all security threats to maintain our leadership in high-tech security.

Why Businesses Need to Retire the Master Key

At Sera4, we make physical assets easily accessible to people who need to get to them, while keeping them safeguarded from others. Many of the companies we help are working to solve a problem with theft and vandalism. I was surprised when I learned that in almost all cases, the majority of theft was from people who were entrusted with a key.

The companies we work with want to protect sensitive points in a network or service. To do this, they build physical walls around these sensitive points and put locks on the doors. Access is given out to the people who help maintain, facilitate, and run these points. This could be a large employee base, or a contractor force.

From here, companies have faced a choice. They can either choose to maintain their security by limiting the number of keys that are distributed, which becomes inefficient in having to pass physical keys, or they make multiple copies of a key.  Most companies opt for speed and efficiency over maximum security. They elect to trust the employees and contractors who have signed contracts, and issue them all keys. In extreme cases, all the locks are keyed to the same cylinder or all combination locks are set to the same sequence.  Thus, the Master Key. While it is a simple and easy solution for access control, the employees and contractors are now aware that their colleagues also have the same keys they do.

A desperate contractor or employee finds courage behind the curtain by anonymity. They reason that they can steal with low risk because they know that when the company discovers a problem, they will hide in a sea of others who are all holding the key that opened the door. And usually, they are right. Add to this that putting something behind lock & key adds to perceived value, and maybe there is more theft with the locks on than with no locks at all.

With smartphone-based access control, anonymity is removed. Anyone who opens a lock is reliably identified by their phone.  This removal of anonymity has been proven to dramatically reduce the occurrence of theft. Since the black market value of the things that are stolen is just pennies on the dollar, I think there is an opportunity here for everyone involved to come out ahead.

Sera4 featured on the front page of The Record


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