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June 21, 2017

Cartesian’s Testing Demonstrates the Effectiveness of the GeoGuard Solution at Detecting the use of VPNs and DNS Proxies

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Vancouver, BC – 21 June 2017 – Today, GeoGuard announced that the effectiveness of its enhanced geo-filtering solution GeoShield has been rigorously tested by Cartesian (NASDAQ: CRTN), the recognized leader for premium movie and sports content security solution auditing and anti-piracy consulting. The testing process demonstrated the reliability and accuracy of GeoGuard’s identification of the use of VPNs, DNS proxies and browser plug-ins to obfuscate a user’s geographical location. GeoGuard protects digital content rights holders against the threat of users gaining illicit access to media by ‘spoofing’ their location.

Geo-location fraud is proving a popular and easy way for consumers to gain illicit access to content, with 60% of VPN users accessing content via their VPN every day. GeoGuard was founded this year to address the growing need for dependable solutions that are able to detect and protect against geo-location circumvention methods. The geo-filtering solution GeoGuard offers is based on technology developed for the geo-protection of the iGaming industry. In order to validate the reliability of its product to detect geo-location fraud, GeoGuard commissioned Cartesian to test the effectiveness of its solution to identify circumvention mechanisms.

David Briggs, Co-founder and Chairman of GeoGuard states: “Content piracy is a huge issue worldwide and the use of VPNs and DNS proxies are enabling people to easily overcome digital rights and pirate content on a daily basis. As the stakes are so high for content owners and OTT providers, it has become increasingly important for companies offering geo-location fraud detection solutions to evidence the quality and reliability of their software. Cartesian’s third-party testing process confirms to customers just how effective we are at pinpointing geo-location fraud to protect content owners and OTT providers from these increasingly prevalent threats online.”

“Using circumvention methods to bypass geo-filtering is a serious issue in the battle to protect content distribution rights in the media industry,” adds Brian Paxton, Head of Security at Cartesian. “As a trusted independent third party, we test and audit the security robustness of content protection solutions. Over the last two years we have seen a significant uptake of our geo-filtering circumvention detection and blocking effectiveness testing by rights owners, distributors, and detection vendors, as increased scrutiny is being placed on content rights remaining within their licensed territories.”
The results of the test along with the methodology and test parameters that were used are available for view from GeoGuard.

Contact Information
For further information about GeoGuard please reach out to Lauren Alboini at Platform Communications: lauren@platformcomms.com / 0207 486 4900.

About GeoGuard
Based in Vancouver, Canada, GeoGuard was founded in April 2017 to provide geo-data verification solutions and services that enable content owners and OTT providers to prevent the illicit access to content through geo-piracy. GeoGuard provides a suite of geo-filtering solutions combined with human intelligence to stop internet users spoofing their location through VPNs and DNS proxies, as well as through more specialist attacks.

The solutions that GeoGuard offers are based on award-winning geolocation technology. This means that the company’s software is now installed in 250 million devices, putting it in a uniquely powerful position to identify and counter the very latest geo-location fraud threats.

About Cartesian, Inc
Cartesian, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRTN) is a specialist provider of consulting services and managed solutions to leaders in the telecoms, digital media, and technology industries. Cartesian’s content security services include the Farncombe Security Audit™, anti-piracy services, and security consulting. Clients include TV broadcasters, content distributors, equipment vendors and network operators. The company has offices in Boston, Kansas City, London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, and Washington.