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Oxfordshire firm Open Seas lands security device distribution deal

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21 November 2022
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Open Seas, a Oxfordshire-based enterprise IT solutions company specialising in cyber security and data protection, has become the official UK distributor of Linkeo-Y, a new contact smart card reader that can be used in any office or remote environment requiring a high level of security.

Linkeo-Y, has been launched by NEOWAVE, a strong authentication and secure transactions specialist.

The Linkeo-Y comes in two versions, the LinkeoA-Y suitable for USB-A ports and LinkeoC-Y suitable for USB-C ports.

The Linkeo is easy to implement and comes as a “plug and play” solution with no software or drivers required to install. For added security, the Linkeo-Y is compatible with FIDO2 authentication-enabled cards, such as NEOWAVE’s Badgeo FIDO2.

The Linkeo-Y reader enables the use of smart card applications in complete security from home or via a smartphone. In the professional environment, it is ideal for organisations requiring a high level of security.

Jason Kent, Director at Open Seas, said: “The number of cyber attacks are on the rise. Microsoft recently reported that bad actors are making almost 1,000 attempts every single second to break account passwords.

"A way to minimise the threat of cyber attacks is to use strong authentication solutions with a physical element. This is where authentication solutions, such as the Linkeo come in.”

Bruno Bernard, President at NEOWAVE, said: “It is estimated that there are already between 30-50 billion smart cards in circulation at the moment. We expect this number to keep growing over the years but at the same time we have to keep innovating and producing solutions that are modern, easy-to-use and, most importantly, secure.

"The LinkeoA-Y reader has already proven itself to our customers. Specifically, STM in Canada has successfully implemented the product and now its employees and customers are benefiting from a modern and secure solution.”


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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