SafeNet Begins Shipping Environmentally Friendly Software Protection Keys
BALTIMORE SafeNet, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFNT) today announced that it is the first company to ship software protection keys that are compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives.
The RoHS and WEEE initiatives, or the "Green Initiatives", are directives founded by the European Parliament, which document the restriction of use of certain hazardous substances in electronic equipment. The RoHS directive mandates that all new products sold after July 1, 2006, shall be predominantly free of certain hazardous materials. After this timeframe, companies that continue to sell non-RoHS and WEEE compliant products could be subject to strict penalties.
SafeNet is currently shipping its Sentinel Software Protection Keys, first to customers in Japan. The product has been confirmed "environmentally friendly," according to the company. "As the market leader of software protection hardware keys, it is important for us to be on the forefront with these initiatives to assure that our business partners can become compliant with our products. As part of our overall RoHS initiative, we will phase in RoHS compliant products throughout 2005," said Prakash Panjwani, Vice President and General Manager for SafeNet's Rights Management Business Unit. "We plan for all Sentinel Software Protection Hardware Keys to be shipping RoHS compliant by the fourth quarter of this year." SafeNet says that it is sensitive to the increasing environmental concerns being raised with electronic products containing hazardous substances. About SafeNet, Inc: Founded more than 20 years ago, SafeNet is an information security company that provides security utilizing its encryption technologies to protect communications, intellectual property and digital identities. The company offers products including hardware, software, and chips to many large companies as well as the US Department of Homeland Security. For more information, visit www.safenet-inc.com.Source: SafeNet Inc.