"BlackBerry smartphones sparked a mobile-first revolution that changed the way most of the world lives and works," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "By combining hyperconnectivity with ultra-security and privacy, BlackBerry Spark is the indispensable component of a paradigm shift to 'things-first' which holds even greater potential to reshape society. The ultimate outcome of this inevitable convergence of ubiquitous mobility and computing power will likely turn on the cybersecurity decisions we make collectively over the next few years."
The audience for BlackBerry Spark is huge and BlackBerry provided examples of how the platform could be put to use throughout organizations through EoT:
In a hospital, a patient's slowing heartbeat can trigger an alert to the right medical team and simultaneously prepare the patient's room for emergency care. This includes automatically raising the bed to the right level, starting up a ventilator or pump to deliver prescribed treatments, and bringing elevators to the floors where key personnel are located.
Employees can soon put virtual assistants such as Alexa to work for the first time by giving them ultra-secure access to information and workflows they can't see today such as employee files, calendars, and emails.
In transportation, BlackBerry Spark allows connected vehicles to communicate in real-time with other vehicles and critical infrastructure because the data transferred inside and outside the vehicle is encrypted and certified by BlackBerry Spark as genuine. For example, a salt truck could be deployed automatically to address a patch of black ice after receiving a notification from a connected vehicle.
Given the open nature of the platform, BlackBerry Spark ships ready to work with various other other solutions offered by BlackBerry partners including AWS, Baidu, Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Samsung. The BlackBerry Spark platform will be available by the end of the year, you can learn more here.
BlackBerry Unveils New Ultra-Secure Software and Services for the Enterprise of Things (EoT)
LONDON – September 12, 2018 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced new software and services as part of BlackBerry Spark, the company's new Enterprise of Things (EoT) platform designed and built for ultra-secure hyperconnectivity from the kernel to the edge.
Unveiled at the company's Security Summit in London, the new platform capabilities will empower enterprises to scale their existing infrastructure to securely manage, connect, and use 'things' – including the applications and data they transmit – in new and existing workflows. It will also enable OEMs to bring to market secure IoT devices, while at the same time help users realize significant productivity gains while maintaining high-security and regulatory compliance.
"BlackBerry's technology provides the ultra-security needed in today's hyperconnected world," said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. "From the office to the factory, we're proud to be the only company that can provide a single platform to help organizations rapidly build and deploy innovative new solutions for their customers."
New services and capabilities part of BlackBerry Spark include:
Contextual device management for AWS IoT. Displayed from a simplified management experience, the platform enables enterprises to add consumer and business devices into a corporate network by applying policies and management controls. This offering will enable connected 'things' to deliver their expected value to any workflow and reduce exposure to cyber vulnerabilities that can open the entire organization to unnecessary risk.
Manufacturing Service for IoT Device OEMs. Available today, BlackBerry will enable OEMs to establish a BlackBerry Secure hardware root of trust from their own assembly line. As part of the service, BlackBerry will provide a remote and secure workstation - connected to the BlackBerry Network Operations Center (NOC) - that will provision and assign secure tokens and certificates.
Expanded BRIDGE capabilities. BlackBerry has extended the capabilities of its first-of-a-kind solution, BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE, to provide customers with the ability to seamlessly access, edit and save Microsoft Office 365 files from applications in the BlackBerry Dynamics container.
BlackBerry UEM notifications. IT administrators can now more efficiently manage compliance and security by ensuring real-time alerts don't get lost, with the ability to send notifications through multiple-channels, including phone, text and email, from a single system. With BlackBerry UEM notifications, admins can receive within minutes,a record of who was contacted and proof the notifications were received.
BlackBerry Secure Global Directory. Faster, ultra-secure messaging between individuals working at different organizations through the new BlackBerry Secure Global Directory. This capability allows someone to see the contact information of a person outside of their organization within their directory and communicate with them securely via BBM Enterprise.
iManage integration with BlackBerry Workspaces. Lawyers can now apply revocable digital rights management (DRM) protection to documents shared with opposing counsel via iManage.
Spark Intelligent Security. A new service to create digital identities based on continuous, contextual authentication. This innovation uses a range of factors, such as geographic location, biometrics, time, and usage to decide what level of access should be granted to an employee or contractor profile at any given moment. And, because BlackBerry Spark integrates seamlessly with other identity providers and systems, the data can be securely and easily shared.
IoT Mashups. BlackBerry Spark is technology agnostic which allows it to mashup a wide range of applications and use cases. For example, emergency alerts can now be triggered using facial recognition with BlackBerry AtHoc and IBM Watson.
Intelligent transportation systems. With the integration of BlackBerry AtHoc, BlackBerry Radar customers will be able to improve productivity, compliance, security, and driver satisfaction via real-time alerts on a range-of factors. This may include weather, port congestion, and exact location of pick-ups with the integration of BlackBerry AtHoc and BlackBerry Radar.
Sparking Innovation with Privacy and Security
BlackBerry believes that security and privacy are essential for people and machines to confidently trust what their sensors and other endpoints are reporting. This mindset has made BlackBerry the software and services provider for all ten of the top ten largest global banks along with all seven of the G7, as well as the more than 60+ automotive OEMs and Tier 1s who have embedded our software in more than 120 million cars on the road today.
BlackBerry is an enterprise software and services company focused on securing and managing IoT endpoints. The company does this with BlackBerry Secure, an end-to-end Enterprise of Things platform, comprised of its enterprise communication and collaboration software and safety-certified embedded solutions. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbol "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.