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Aussie companies Penten, GME unveil updated anti-eavesdropping device

By Reporter
16 July 2021 | 1 minute read

Australian company Penten alongside western Sydney based GME has released their updated anti-eavesdropping product, dubbed the AltoCrypt pBox.

Founded six years ago, Penten is one of Australia’s leading home grown cyber hardware and software companies, specialising in artificial intelligence (AI) and tactical communications security (TCS). Western Sydney based GME specialises in RF technology manufacturing, and has been operating for 60 years.

The pBox seeks to prevent mobile phones from recording confidential conversations by allowing users to securely place their phones inside. The updated model includes improved software, locks and charging capabilities.

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According to the company, the pBox ensures that employees are able to stay close to their phones without recording risk.  

Joshua Bolton, general manager, business strategy at Penten, welcomed the opportunity to release the updated device to the market, and lauded Australia’s manufacturing capabilities.

“The pBox is one of our flagship products and we are thrilled to be able to bring this new iteration to market,” Bolton said. 

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“In addition to providing security and peace of mind to our customers, our new pBox is entirely made in Australia with our manufacturing partner GME.

“Penten has always believed that Australia is well placed to be a global hub for national security technology and this product is proof it’s possible to cost effectively manufacture in Australia. 

“Given the wealth of knowhow and capability in Australia, there is no reason why the country cannot forge a path as a global technology.”

GME further welcomed the opportunity to work alongside Penten to upgrade the device and to support Australia’s sovereign capability, according to Winslow Tam, defence program manager at GME.

“GME is extremely proud to be contributing to enhancing Australia’s national security by providing sovereign industrial capability from our manufacturing facility based in Winston Hills, Sydney,” Tam said.

Penten recently appointed the former Information Warfare Division chief Major General (Ret’d) Dr Marcus Thompson to its board.

Thompson served for 30 years in the Australian Defence Force and as the inaugural head of the Information Warfare Division at the Department of Defence.

“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors at Penten, who are a standout example of Australia’s booming cyber and national security industry,” he said. 

“Penten’s focus on secure mobility, applied AI and tactical communications is a natural fit for my previous experience and I am looking forward to helping them as they continue to grow and prosper as a company.”

[Related: Leonardo, Tinexta team up to develop cyber security tech]

Aussie companies Penten, GME unveil updated anti-eavesdropping device
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