Warboys firm wins Franco-British innovation award

GRIDSURE, the Warboys company that offers a revolutionary alternative to PINs and passwords, last week won the Annual Award for Innovation at the 2009 Franco-British Business Awards, which have been highlighting and rewarding success in cross-border trade

GRIDSURE, the Warboys company that offers a revolutionary alternative to PINs and passwords, last week won the Annual Award for Innovation at the 2009 Franco-British Business Awards, which have been highlighting and rewarding success in cross-border trade between France and Great Britain since 2000.

GrIDsure's unique solution, recognised by the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, is a software-based identity authentication system that allows users to authenticate themselves through the generation of secure one-time-passwords or codes.

The company, based in Heath Road, says the system is highly flexible, more secure than traditional PINs or passwords and can be used in a variety of applications, including online banking, computer or network logon, remote IT access through laptops and mobile phones, building access control and online shopping.

Receiving the award at the ceremony in Paris, Stephen Howes, the company's chief executive, said: "The GrIDsure solution is entirely based on innovative thinking, and we are very proud that this has been recognised by such an important organisation.


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"Winning this award is a significant milestone for GrIDsure, as we are continuing to grow our presence in both the UK and France and see collaboration between these two markets as being very important to the ongoing success of our business."

GrIDsure's security solution is based on a groundbreaking yet simple invention that allows users to authenticate themselves by remembering a pre-defined sequential pattern on a grid. Each time users need to authenticate their identities they are presented with a challenge grid with randomly generated numbers across it, and they authenticate themselves by entering the numbers that refer to their personal identification pattern (PIP).

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"It is easy to use because it has been proven that patterns are easier to remember than passwords," the company said. "It is highly secure as there are numerous pattern possibilities that are almost impossible to shoulder surf, and it is very cost effective for companies as it requires no additional hardware."

GrIDsure replaces all fixed passwords, PINs or combinations, on any electronic device or system, ranging from computers and mobiles to the world of physical security.

INFORMATION: GrIDsure is at Orchard House, Heath Road, Warboys, PE28 2UW: telephone 01487 825014: www.gridsure.com

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