How our Spectrum Auctions software changed in the last decade – Part 1

The start of year 2020 is a good opportunity to look back at the last decade. In this blog article we will particularly look at our spectrum auctions software and how it evolved in the recent years.

Back in 2010, Windows XP was still largely popular. Its final release SP3 dates back to 2008. Although Microsoft had introduced Windows Vista already in 2006, many companies decided to skip this release. They went for the next largely successful release, Windows 7, released in October 2009.

At that time, we decided to base our auction software on the robust Java technology. Java Remote Method Invocation combined with X.509 private key infrastructure provided superb security and reliability.

Windows Prompt to use Java Application

Java Web Start technology enabled an easy integration with the most common internet browsers. Our engineering team could provide highly functional auction software, without compromising the security, an issue that existed with similar, but technically very different, Java Web Applets.

Specure used this technology as a basis of many successful Spectrum auctions throughout the years. We were also incrementally improving the software solution and were adapting it to the newest standards and versions of Java and Windows. Our customers kept using our Java-based Spectrum Auction software up to 2017.

Detail of the Bidder’s interface, around 2016.

During 2017, we started to develop the new generation, native web client. So, had the time come to abandon the legacy Java technology for good?

Please continue to the Part 2 of this article.

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