Earlier this week, Bittium launched its Bittium ToughMobile 2, which it describes as being “ultra secure”, due to a multi-layered security structure, based on hardened Android™ 9 Pie operating system, hardware solutions, and information security features and software integrated in the source code.

The information security includes several encryption-, authentication- and key management-related features, boot and runtime security checks, tamper-proof information security platform as well as a privacy mode. The latter allows the user to disable microphones, camera and Bluetooth, and the accuracy of sensors is reduced with the touch of a button. The smartphone is compatible with Bittium’s Secure Suite software solution, which enables remote device management and encrypted data transfer. It features a programmable push-to-talk/push-to-video button and an emergency button, the ability to shot 4K and full HD video and a capacitive touchscreen that can be used when wet or when using gloves.

The Bittium Tough Mobile 2 is designed and manufactured in Finland and Bittium provides its customers with supervised and secure manufacturing and supply of the smartphones. Given that it has been designed for use by government agencies, Bittium states that the device has significantly longer availability and lifespan than conventional smartphones, as well as better availability of security updates.

“Bittium Tough Mobile 2 sets a new standard for ultra secure mobile communications. The multilayered information security and its unique features, combined with the ease of use, make the smartphone and the supporting software solutions the perfect complete system for authorities and other customers who require a high level of information security. Bittium Tough Mobile 2 can be used as a platform for tailoring the product according to the needs of trusted information security suppliers and other partners working in different countries locally,” said Jari Sankala, senior vice president of defence & security at Bittium. “In this age, when you can read in the news almost daily about wiretapping and the hacking of generic smartphones, we are proud of the major upgrade Tough Mobile 2 brings to secure mobile communications.”

Author: Sam Fenwick