BlackBerry announced on Tuesday a multi-million dollar deal with the U.S. government for five years to run emergency notifications for the U.S. Senate. The Canadian firm also announced a handful of other smaller deals as it shifts its focus from smartphones to software.
A preferred vendor
This multi-million dollar deal with the U.S. government will serve BlackBerry’s purpose of providing its crisis communication software to the U.S. Senate chief security service, structuring its efforts to reinvent itself as a source of mobile security software focusing on the government and business sectors.
On its five-year contract, BlackBerry said the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms office will use its software to authorize the emergency mass notification system to alert people working and visiting the U.S. Capitol complex, including the White House, Senate and Pentagon. The U.S. Department of Defense, one of BlackBerry’s major customers, has provided additional technical approvals to BlackBerry’s mobile management system and phone software, giving it an advantage as its preferred vendor.