secure connectivity & collaboration

hotComm Multimedia Client and the VNS, the Virtual Network Server

hotComm and the VNS, the Virtual Network Server
To leverage this powerful peer network connectivity, 1stWorks has implemented a small and efficient Windows client, hotComm, which deliver server-less and private interactive secure messaging, voice, video and file management among registered users. This solution delivers global interactive access based on your email address and your authentication code, which are registered in 1stWorks Virtual Network Server (VNS), providing DNS like functionality for session based dynamic Internet addresses.

hotComm is a valuable collaborative tool, demonstrating the efficiency and scalability of the dynamic address management technology of the VNS, delivering ease of use, performance, privacy and security as the basis for broad acceptance. Supporting millions of simultaneous users, hotComm is the pre-eminent collaboration solution, for example, the session host or members may simultaneously manage access to Web pages within a messaging session, so that all users can discuss and comment on group data. For efficiency and to further reduce server impact, the updated addresses from active users are chained from adjacent users prior to transmission to the VNS. Similarly, each hotComm client pre-computes the VNS contact search table look up value, which is simply the email address of each requested contact, before transmission to further improve VNS performance.

Support is also provided for true peer networking for multiple users behind a single IP, without NAT re- programming or replacement. The initial release of hotComm delivers its functionality on the Windows platform, including Web Serving support, even for Windows '98. hotComm only supports access to other users whose contact details are listed in each personal address book, rather than having all information publicly available however hotComm will include a utility to import selected contacts from a Microsoft Outlook address book.

All communications between users are private and confidential, an encryption key is issued simultaneously to each one of the participants at the initiation of each new session, a key that is unique to that combination of the particular session and the particular users only for the duration of the connection. The encryption process incorporated in hotComm is automatically applied to all transferred data, speech, text or file data.

Special hotComm presentations are available online.

Additional information can be found by reading the hotComm User Guide.

For more information, please visit hotComm, IM-Live and ezPeer.