Red-M of London has announced version 2.1 of its Genos “wirelessware.” Genos is a middleware product that creates a stable, multi-technology network environment that enables both Bluetooth and 802.11-enabled devices to coexist and interoperate successfully, plus provides new technologies into the wireless networks while letting the current features continue to work unabated. It supports networks using Bluetooth, and 802.11b, a, and g.
Genos uses a 5-layer (going deeper than just the IP layer of the OSI Model) security model combining IPSec-based Virtual Private Networking, native Bluetooth Authentication plus 128-bit encryption, a firewall, and 64- and 128-bit Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption on WLANs using the 802.1X security protocol. Genos supports Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) management and HTTP protocol, plus has an XML-based API for developers.
Genos was first announced in September 2001. This 2.1 version will sell for $7,500 through Red-M’s authorized partners.