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January 8, 2015updated 23 Aug 2016 11:22am

BlackBerry unveil Cloud-based IoT platform

First steps in BlackBerry's broad Internet of Things expansion strategy.

By James Nunns

BlackBerry have launched a comprehensive Cloud-based IoT platform that will initially be targeted at the automotive and asset tracking industries.

The system uses QNX Software from QNX Software Systems, a BlackBerry company whose software is used to power mission-critical systems in cars, industrial applications and medical devices, with BlackBerry’s secure network infrastructure and device management software.

Matt Hoffman, VP of Strategy and Marketing, BlackBerry Technology Solutions said: "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,"

"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."

"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."

The IoT platform is initially being targeted at industries that manage highly mobile, high-value resources, including the shipping and automotive markets. These are the first steps in BlackBerry’s broad IoT expansion strategy, with plans to extend into the smart energy sector and healthcare field.

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