BlackBerry Reveals Platform Console For Mobility Management

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BlackBerry is aiming to secure all communications endpoints, including cars and smartphones. On Wednesday, the Canada-based smartphone maker said it had created a single secure management platform and console for devices on multiple operating systems and their content and applications.

Single unified platform and console for devices

The platform, which is called the Good Secure EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) Suites, integrates Good Dynamics, WatchDox and BES12 with BlackBerry products. The platform will be launched at the end of June, but the pricing has not been announced yet.

BlackBerry aims to deliver a comprehensive cross-platform application, device and content management solution. According to the company, an updated BES 12.5 and other releases are due in the coming weeks, giving administrators the ability to manage all mobile estates at the application, device and content levels securely from a single secure platform.

Billy Ho, vice president for enterprise product and value-added solutions at BlackBerry, said their Good Secure EMM Suites will provide customers with the flexibility to apply security and policies across various device, container, application, network, OS and file layers from a single unified platform.

Acquisitions proving fruitful for BlackBerry

On Monday, a new version of the crisis communications software was released by the company’s AtHoc division. The crisis communications software is designed to assist organizations in handling campus emergencies with automated steps to replace time-consuming manual approaches. With the software, emails and other alerts can be generated promptly for the correct recipients. This software was used by various agencies in January when responding to Winter Storm Jonas in the eastern U.S.

Response groups will be able to use templates to easily designate the severity level of alerts using the update with AtHoc’s software package. In addition, there is a new tool that automatically contacts the staff members with the right skills for a certain emergency. When the required number is reached, this tool will stop adding respondents.

Also BlackBerry’s QNX Software subsidiary has developed 2D and 3D software to support automobile instrument clusters, the company said on Wednesday. Automobile instrument clusters is a fast-growing area in auto electronics. Already, QNX software runs in 60 million cars.

In July 2015, the Canadian smartphone maker acquired AtHoc for its emergency alert software. The Canadian firm announced in September that it was buying Good Technology, a competitor in EMM.

On Wednesday, BlackBerry shares closed down 0.13% at $7.42. Year to date, the stock is down almost 21%, while in the last year, it is down almost 24%.

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