Black Berry and Boeing have teamed up to design Boeing Black, a phone especially designed for people working in the US security and defense industry. The smartphone is programmed to self destruct if somebody opens its case.
Although it has lost a lot of users when iPhone and Android emerged, Blackberry remains popular among business users who appreciate it for its security and privacy-oriented features.
Boeing Black runs Android OS and encrypts both stored and transmitted data. It weights about 170 g, has a Lithium-Ion battery and a dual 1.2 GHz CPU. Boeing Black has also a dual SIM feature that allows its users to switch between government and commercial networks. The Android OS can also be configured by customers to reach a maximum productivity and security.
If the phone gets lost or stolen, it has a self-destruct feature that erases all its content and renders the phone unusable. The Federal Communications Commission papers show that the new smartphone has no user-serviceable parts, while its case is sealed with epoxy. The hard-drive is protected by a system that senses when the case is being cracked and starts wiping the hard-drive data.
The data sent and received by a Boeing Black device would be secured by BES12, a Black Berry enterprise server that allows agencies set permission levels that would let them store confidential data on their employees devices.
“We’re pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES12 platform…. That, by the way, is all they allow me to say,”
John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, said during an earnings call on Monday.
The two companies didn’t say when the new smartphone would be released or how much it would cost.
Blackberry has released this year two more phones – the Passport, and the Classic. Passport is a large, square device, while the Classic is an old-fashion hardware keyboard phone. Black Berry’s CEO has also worked on increasing his company’s popularity among business and governmental customers by promoting its exclusive security features.
BlackBerry also wants to develop the Internet of Things project. The Internet of Things envisions a high tech house that had most of its appliances connected to the internet. Mr. Chen said that his company would reveal further details about the project early next year during Consumer Electronics Show.
BlackBerry has been losing money for two years by now. It has lost $4.4 billion in 2013, and $148 million this year, but its CEO said that the company would start making profit in two years time.
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