BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) modified Samsung Electronics Co. tablet computer for the government and corporate users that will not only help them use the consumer applications like YouTube and WhatsApp easily, but also protect the confidential work-related information from spies and crooks, says a report from Bloomberg.
BlackBerry, Samsung and IBM come together
It was informed by the head of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s Secusmart unit, Hans-Christoph Quelle, in an interview on Sunday, that the SecuTABLET priced at 2,250-euro ($2,360) will be available by third-quarter. Quelle, further, informed that International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling sales to the companies across the world. Around 10000 units annually are expected to be shipped to Germany by next year.
Samsung Electronics Co.’s Tab S 10.5 gets combined with Secusmart’s microSD card and IBM software with the help of the SecuTABLET. This will help in protecting data and information of sensitive nature from harmful malware by wrapping such applications, and keeping it safe into a virtual container. For using the device for classified government communication, the computer-security agency of Germany is evaluation the device, and is expected to give their approval before the year ends, says Quelle.
BlackBerry using Secusmart to gain users
Data security is the topmost feature demanded by most of the customers, and therefore, to target such customers BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) acquired Secusmart last year. The Canadian company could not succeed by selling its Playbook tablets released in 2011, and after continued failure in the hardware, it is now focusing on building security components and software into the competitors’ devices.
“For many of the tasks that officials and executives need to carry out, a phone just isn’t enough — they want a tablet,” Quelle said at the CeBIT technology conference in Hanover, Germany. “The most important thing is that we combine security with usability. We don’t want to take the fun things away from people.”
For the purpose of making devices safe and useful, a small chip card is installed by Secusmart. The chip protects the operating system from getting corrupted by malware by encrypting voice and data. Several BlackBerry 10 devices build on the same technology has been made available to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other members of her team.