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BlackBerry takes on the Internet of Things

BlackBerry takes on the Internet of Things 

The company announced its first foray into the world of IoT at the CES 2015 event in Las Vegas with the launch of the cloud-based BlackBerry IoT Platform. BlackBerry plans to leverage its extensive portfolio of products and services to provide users with access to emerging IoT technology.

“The BlackBerry IoT Platform blends the technologies that have enabled BlackBerry to become a leader in both the mobile data security and embedded systems industries,” Matt Hoffman, VP of Strategy and Marketing, BlackBerry Technology Solutions said in a press release.

“By combining the BlackBerry global network and device lifecycle management proficiency with the embedded software experience of QNX, we have built a modular, cloud-based platform that gives customers the chance to build IoT applications in a secure, efficient and scalable way,” Hoffman added. “Looking ahead, we will extend the platform with other BlackBerry technologies to give developers additional control over the flow of information to devices on the network’s edge.”

Using technology from QNX Software Systems, the IoT Platform was founded on BlackBerry’s scalable messaging system. This system serves as the catalyst for other platform components through its provision of various reusable services. These services include data storage and indexing, analytics, and the ability to ensure the validation of all forms of data.

The platform’s primary modules allow for an improved data collection process, including time-of-service and device maintenance records and lifecycle management. It is targeted towards mobility-reliant industries that specialize in high-valued resources, such as the automotive and shipping industries. Future expansions of the IoT Platform will target the healthcare and smart energy sectors.

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