Japanese phone giant picks up Kiwi technology

Auckland-based RPK New Zealand has supplied the technology for Japanese phone giant NTT to transmit digital content securely over its XePhion gigabyte-class broadband IP network.

Auckland-based RPK New Zealand has supplied the technology for Japanese phone giant NTT to transmit digital content securely over its XePhion gigabyte-class broadband IP network.

The 10-staff firm worked on the Encryptonite System over the past year for US parent SecureMedia. Neither will put a value on the NTT deal.

RPK NZ general manager Paul Osborne says potential customers for its patented system include phone companies and TV companies, or in fact anyone distributing content over a broadband IP network.

Osborne says NTT-ME is the first customer for the technology, though other overseas firms are also evaluating the software. No New Zealand firms use it yet as SecureMedia does not consider the country a key market. But “a few” local firms, whom he says he cannot identify, use the “security toolkit” behind the system. Last year RPK had some discussions with TVNZ’s Nzoom website about subscriber-based video services.

NTT’s MultiMedia and Engineering division, NTT-ME, will use the technology to securely deliver digital video-on-demand services, such as pay-per-view movies, educational content and content from downloaded CD-ROM and DVDs, according to a statement from SecureMedia.

Osborne says his technology encrypts media immediately after production, ships the pre-encrypted files to a broadband streaming media server and decrypts at the client end. This decryption key then unlocks the content for the people with the rights to view it, he says.

NTT-ME will begin offering Encryptonite in RealMedia format today, followed by MPEG 1, 2 and 4 formats by the year end. RPK in Parnell is presently working on these MPEG formats.

NTT-ME can encrypt and store content in RealVideo and MPEG formats; store CD-ROM, DVD and other distributed media; and produce and process content, such as converting analogue videotape to digital format.

Customers will pay NTT a sign-up fee, a monthly service fee and a fee for each piece of media content.

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