Red Tulip Systems launches virtual mobile phone service to protect officers


WorkFone® helps law enforcement agencies prevent crime by enabling officers to create and manage multiple professional identities on a single smartphone, increasing control while securely meeting all communication needs, including voice and SMS.


Amsterdam, April 19, 2016  Red Tulip Systems, a technology startup providing solutions for secure communications and identity management, launches a new virtual mobile phone service today for governmental and law enforcement agencies. WorkFone – available as an app for both Android and iOS – helps agencies boost their officers’ safety in the digital age in which omnipresent surveillance and data gathering pose huge risks.

WorkFone was born out of first-hand experience in the field. During his prior career at military and governmental agencies, Rob Sutter, founder of Red Tulip Systems, became well aware of the dangers officers face. ‘Our main goal with WorkFone’, says Sutter, ‘is to help law enforcement agencies and their officers collect better human intelligence (HUMINT) to prevent crime and terrorism.’

How WorkFone works
To maintain their cover, it is common for source-handling officers to use so-called ‘burner phones’: cash-bought, prepaid phones that are difficult to trace. Working with burner phones for each case and identity can be tricky: a phone can get lost, cases become entangled, a contact may become compromised or the officer’s cover is blown. Using multiple phones means multiplying the risks. WorkFone solves all these problems. ‘Our app enables source-handling officers to use one smartphone to safely manage all their professional identities; it’s simple, secure and always on, and ensures their personal identity remains confidential’, says Red Tulip Systems CMO Josh Petras.

Why WorkFone is safe
WorkFone can be installed like any other app, but, importantly, WorkFone does not store any data (or keep any data ‘at rest’) on the mobile device itself. All data transmitted uses TLS v1.2 encryption (NSA Suite B) and is stored on Red Tulip Systems’ servers or on customer premises if required. Within WorkFone, identities are strictly separated. Each identity is assigned a non-sequential, random local phone number, so cover is protected.

Red Tulip Systems recently closed a funding round for WorkFone. The WorkFone service is now available in the UK, Canada and the US. The Nordics, Poland and the Netherlands will follow soon. For more information on WorkFone visit

About Red Tulip Systems
Red Tulip Systems is a virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) provider, specialized in secure communications and identity management solutions for corporations and governmental institutions. Red Tulip Systems’ products bring mobile communications, apps and data inside your existing security perimeter and leave no data at rest on the physical handheld device.

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