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BlackBerry unveils initiative for Internet of Things
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BlackBerry unveils initiative for Internet of Things 

This week, BlackBerry made known its plans to join them. On May 21-22, the Canadian smartphone maker introduced Project Ion at the O’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco. Project Ion is the codename for a series of initiatives aimed at providing customers with end-to-end solutions for the IoT.

“As connectivity costs continue to fall and connected technologies become pervasive, a new market is emerging – the Internet of Things,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry, in a release. “Billions of connections, generating trillions of transactions and exabytes of data daily, will require platforms that can operate securely on a global scale. No other company is in a better position than BlackBerry to provide the technological building blocks, applications and services needed to enhance productivity, improve real-time decision making and deliver on the vision of the Internet of Things.”

Through Project Ion, businesses will have access to the tools they need to pull data from multiple sources and distill it into actionable insights.

These tools include a secure public application platform, powered by QNX technology and BlackBerry’s secure enterprise mobility management, that “will securely manage data from millions of end points across multi-device, multi-platform environments.”

Clients will also have access to an IoT ecosystem that consists of partners, carriers and other contacts looking to establish connected devices on a secure applications platform.

Along with product and ecosystem development, BlackBerry will focus on building strategic partnerships to “accelerate the development and availability of connected technologies.” This includes membership in the Industrial Internet Consortium, a not-for-profit organization that deals in standards-based technologies for industry, academia and government.

The product component of Project Ion will soon be released to select partners and developers, although BlackBerry did not specify which partners, nor pinpoint an official launch date for the initiative.

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