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Camera-free version of mobile phones requested by companies
Posted on 6-Nov-2003 07:52 | Filed under: News

eWeek reported that mobile operators are now asking manufacturers to product mobile phones withouth the camera. The trend is the result of security concerns.

""There's a clear 'No cameras allowed' posting at the entrance to our facility," said Dave Milkovich, advisory software engineer for the Global Combat Support System-Air Force project at Lockheed Martin Corp., in Owego, N.Y., and an eWEEK Corporate Partner. "That applies to any image-capturing device."

The breadth of the concern has surprised carriers, which are trying to do something about the fact that cameras are pretty much standard offerings in the high-end phones they market to enterprise customers.

"We were just assuming that if you wanted a high-end phone, you'd want a camera on it, but that's not the case with the enterprise," said Cindy Patterson, vice president of enterprise sales at Verizon Wireless Inc., which runs prospective handset designs by a core board of Fortune 500 CIOs before deciding to sell them. "Fifty percent of the customers on our technology board said they couldn't have a phone with a camera," said Patterson, in San Diego.

The company has already worked with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to create a version of Samsung's high-end i700 phone with a disabled camera for security-sensitive corporate customers. But a disabled camera remains a camera. "You could bring in a severely antiquated camera from 1920 that obviously doesn't work anymore, and they wouldn't let it in," Lockheed Martin's Milkovich said. "It's still a camera. If you had a phone with a camera in it, they'd take it away from you and probably jump up and down on it.""

The article goes on to comment some carriers push the Blackberry line of devices to corporate customers because of better enterprise integration capabilities and to avoid this kind of problem.


More information: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1369399,...
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