Force India Formula 1 team uses BlackBerry to stay ahead of the game

By Adam Zeis on 7 Aug 2013 12:41 pm EDT
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While we're obviously all about the BlackBerry-sponsored Team Mercedes AMG Petronas, it's still great to hear about other Formula 1 teams putting BlackBerry to good use as well. We actually haven't heard too much about just how Team Mercedes uses BlackBerry day-to-day, but Force India IT chief Adrian Collinson has nothing but good things to say about their team's use of BlackBerry devices.

We are exclusively using BlackBerry's at the moment and have been for a number of years as it gives us a very secure, closed environment

According to Collinson, Force India has various BlackBerry devices deployed to their over 300 staff members. Ranging from BlackBerry 6 devices all the way to new BlackBerry 10 phones. Collinson says that they are exploring the option of using iOS and Android devices with BlackBerry management software, however they don't provide the same level of out of the box security that BlackBerry offers. 

For one of the big reasons they love BlackBerry, Collinson used the example of losing a phone during a race weekend. "With a BlackBerry, a standard BlackBerry, you give them another one, remote provision it and everything is exactly as they left it." 

Collinson adds that even though BlackBerry gets a "bad rap", people coming to the team are familiar with the devices "So as a personal productivity device BlackBerry has been fine."

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Force India Formula 1 team uses BlackBerry to stay ahead of the game

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Yup they have fallen back over the last few races for sure. Plus dunno if it has any bearing, but force India also use Mercedes engines.

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Well nice marketing for BlackBerry but force India team need high skills drive like me.......... i always win the computer F1 racess..crussssssss all my friends hhahaha

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I think Top Gear put a top sim racer in a real car...He could drive the car ok. But his state afterwards though was questionable lol.

BlackBerry needs more TV commercials to get to the masses... why these marketing guys don't understand...
BTW...this kinda news is good to hear... but they need to increase their marketing spend.

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I think Frank has a 3 year contract,a cushy job ,and he is reading from a text book on how to do his job.I think that once he comes to the end of his 3 years he will move on, he has no stock in the company allocated to him from BB and is just living the good life via his position.Good for him bad for the stock holders.

I am from India and our team sucks. The owner of this team Vijay Mallays has a bankrupt airlines business. 300 devices is a joke! BB is losing market share in India big time. Thanks to their idiotic pricing strategy.

BB 10 is a disaster in India. All three phone failed miserably because of their ridiculous pricing.
Cheapest phone Q5 costs same as Galaxy S3, HTC One x, Nexus 4.

Last year BB is in top 3 OEMs for smartphones according to cyber media research. This year they are not even in top 10 as per the report same company.

Stop shifting the blame, for once let BB take some responsibility!! There are no carrier sales in India, people buy Unlocked, carrier-free phones directly from BB shop or many other malls, mobile shops etc.

lol. I spent the night in the drunk tank once. That's enough for how much I want to see the inside of a jail cell. The funny thing is I wasn't even drunk.

Hi Guys..i am a huge fan of Blackberry and cannot tolerate any negative comments against it. But I will say one thing, The marketing team needs to up its ante here in India where it has had a very good presence over the years. Even in the corporate circles it is loosing it's sheen and it is painful for me to see that. I use a Q10 and I simply love this phone..its the best phone ever. Bought this the day it was released in india. But for people here to feel the same they really need to do some out of the box marketing. I believe BlackBerry has some of the best features that others don't..lets gather around and support BB..need them forever!

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Well nice to read, but some folks are right with the comments, BlackBerry lost the momentum around z10 launch, so the price is just to high

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lol for racing to work as marketing... you gotta win races LOL

This is what,18th century logic?

douevenCB10?

The fact is that if you need something done you use a BlackBerry. F1 is all about being ridiculously efficient with all except maybe R&D cash, they burn a lot of that.

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Be it not the top F1 race car at the circuit, Force India does have a huge fan following.., this is music to Indian race car fans!!

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India is an evil country where the majority attempt genocide on minorities.

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