Russia looking into implementing the BlackBerry PlayBook and banning the iPad for government use

BlackBerry PlayBook
By Michelle Haag on 29 Jul 2011 01:00 pm EDT

Last week RIM announced that the BlackBerry PlayBook was granted FIPS 140-2 certification. This makes the PlayBook the first tablet to be approved for use by US federal government employees, which is a pretty big thing. It seems this is opening up doors in other places as well, as Russia is now looking into banning Apple's iPad for government use, and looking into the PlayBook as a more secure alternative.

The reports suggest the government is still deciding whether it will use devices from RIM, tablets running Google Inc.’s Android software or a new device created by a Russian agency using “a variety of security systems.” The implementation of a more secure system will help “speed up workflow among agencies” according to the report.

If true, the backing of the Russian government could prove to be another victory for RIM as it seeks to use its reputation of prioritizing security technology to position the BlackBerry PlayBook as the tablet of choice for businesses and governments, the way it originally marketed its BlackBerry smartphones.

Indeed, it was RIM’s security technology which helped the company’s BlackBerry devices to become the gold standard of mobile devices for government agencies around the world, including the Canadian government and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If this goes through, it could go a long way towards regaining some of that market share that Research in Motion has lost in recent months, as Russia would possibly be the first of many governments to adopt the tablet for use. BlackBerry has long been known for putting security at the top of the priority list, and the PlayBook has been no exception to this standard which may prove to be a big advantage.

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Source: RBK Daily via Financial Post

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Russia looking into implementing the BlackBerry PlayBook and banning the iPad for government use


Who cares about an app for when we have a full web browser that can load just about any web page the same as a laptop or desktop..use your browser!!

This just might make me spring for a Playbook. The Ipad is on my wishlist because of all the apps. But the security issue is a big deal with me.

Hi @JREwing,

Alex from RIM here. Security is our sweet spot and FIPS certification is a "must-have," not a "nice-to-have" before U.S. government agencies can use new technology. We're happy that the PlayBook is the first and only tablet in that category.

On the app front, we just launched the latest version of BlackBerry Messenger, BBM 6, which includes some great new features such as integration with popular apps like foursquare. When you have a chance, check it out on our Inside BlackBerry Blog:


Alex, RIM Social Media Team

I think this is about the first real victory in terms of internationalization for the playbook. Hope this make for more impulse on the platform :)

QNX is probably running the Russian space program. I think iOS was running the American shuttle program....wait... that's done....

Always like d'm Russians, since the cold war and they came to senses and didn't fire. Smart move then, smart move now.

Reno implement a playbook in every new care model 2012 they will relies and now Russia wants a playbook in their gov., so looks like RIM is hitting BIG and good for them.

Love Blackberry and their products ;)

Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

In my view, the main reason Playbook passed muster is because it doesn't retain data once the Bridge connection is terminated. It will be interesting to the see the "Standards" reaction when native email and other data retentive applications are added.

Now the Russians are historically xenophobic and if they have a domestic option, they will most certainly choose that one...

Could it be QNX? Is it because of RIM's implementation of QNX that the PB is so secure? If that line in this article about RIM re-capturing lost market share and QNX go hand in hand because of said security, doesn't this whole thing put another nail in the coffin of the upcoming already obsolete OS7? "Just Sayin..." I think is the common phrase used after a bold statement no?

And you fellas are damn straight! In Mother Russia, PlayBook implements YOU! :)

Question. What does the big lumbering lethargic dimwitted U.S. Government have in common with the big lumbering lethargic dimwitted Russian Government?

Mr. K Blackberry users pay for quality features, security and most of all reliability. Blackberry’s new tablet, the Playbook, takes into account everything a Blackberry consumer seeks in a device.