What security, M2M and mobile technology tips can we learn from the new Batman?

Last updated: 18 December 2019

Earlier this year, Zach Snyder (of Man of Steel, 300 and Watchmen) tweeted a sneak preview of what the new Batman, played by Ben Affleck, will look like in the upcoming blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The photo spread throughout the internet and received over 47,000 retweets in just two weeks. This got us thinking: what can we learn from it? Here’s what we could spot from the caped crusader…

As you’ll see from the now world famous bat pic, Batman has considerably smaller ears than he did in The Dark Knight. Perhaps this is because smaller can be better? Not always; as we’ve seen, phones are now starting to get bigger again. But this lesson is certainly applicable to M2M technology. Smaller and smarter is better when it comes to M2M technology; last year we introduced the world’s smallest 3G Java-enabled M2M module. This decrease in size is necessary as innovators are looking to exploit the potential of M2M in new contexts, some of which are constrained by space – a wearable medical device or a smart meter, for example.

The new Batsuit features a new symbol, different to that of the one seen in The Dark Knight. This is the latest in eight decades of Bat-symbol innovation. So, what’s the lesson here? Perhaps we can learn that it’s more about what you do, than how you look. In recent years we’ve noticed how the Telecoms, M2M and Security industries tend to focus their communications on the smart applications and the image of technology rather than on the product or solution itself. We don’t care what technology or logo Batman uses, we just want him to continue keeping Gotham safe. The same goes for the technology in our mobile phones, passports, credit cards, computer security etc. Whilst there are many new, innovative applications, we need to make sure security is still at the core of these; or it simply won’t matter how shiny or impressive they look.

Batman’s new Batmobile features new body work structured to enhance aerodynamics; this is understandable as the Batmobile’s speed is crucial for effective crime fighting in Gotham. Batman also relies on the latest security solutions (as you can see from the seemingly impenetrable armour), so he can keep his smart car safe when parking in the shadier areas of Gotham… The lesson here is that if something is crucial to you; make sure you keep it up to date. Ensuring your company has the latest security solutions is often the best way to protect against cyber-attacks, which are increasing in number. Furthermore, keeping your mobile technology up to date can be the key for not only security, but convenience as well. For example, having the latest smartphone will enable you to use our One Time Password solutions, two factor authentication and mobile banking applications.

Maybe we’ve stretched the learnings a bit? Let us know what security insights you’ve acquired from Batman by tweeting to us @Gemalto, or leave us a comment in the section below.