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BlackBerry will begin proof of concept trials in November for their IoT asset tracking box

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BlackBerry will begin proof of concept trials in November for their IoT asset tracking box

If you've spent any time looking into the BlackBerry IoT Platform, you would have caught mention that one of the vertical applications that BlackBerry has plans for with the platform is asset tracking. To offer that solution, BlackBerry has created a rugged, weather-proof box that has an IP67 rating and a built-in battery that can easily last five years with the help of Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions Business Unit.

Dr. Chennakeshu, who was appointed to the position back in August of last year has been working on the box for a while now and though we've heard it mentioned many times, there has been very little real information put forward. Just hypothetical situations outlined on the BlackBerry IoT site, but according to a new interview with Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu via The Indian Express, we've learned BlackBerry will finally begin proof of concept trials for the box starting in November.

Missed the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar? Catch the replay

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If you missed out on the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar that was held on July 10th, this weekend might be a good time to get caught up on it all, as the replay is now available. The QNX Cloud team hosted the event and ran through a lot of stuff surrounding Project Ion and the initiatives happening at BlackBerry and QNX in the Internet of Things arena.

QNX hosting Project Ion webinar July 10th, learn more about the Internet of Things

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Curious and want to know more about Project Ion along with the 'Internet of Things'? If so, QNX is hosting a webinar on July 10 at 1 p.m. ET that might help you get a better feeling for it all. Although it's going to be focused on how Project Ion can transform your business, it's worth tuning into to learn more and it's open to everyone.

Should BlackBerry and Amazon be working together on more than just apps?

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It's been a big week for BlackBerry, to say the least, and just about all of the news was positive. John Chen is definitely the real deal. Despite the surprise appearance of the new Passport and Classic (they rock!), the biggest news for me was the licensing agreement for the Amazon Appstore. And not for the reasons you think, but let's first look at the immediate benefits.

When the Passport and Classic launch in a few months, BlackBerry will basically triple the amount of official apps it has overnight, including big names like Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and Pinterest. The critics who carp about the "app gap" will be silenced and BlackBerry will have something truly awesome to boast - two robust app stores from two different platforms on one phone. Talk about a smorgasbord. I'm sure many of you already have the Amazon Appstore installed on your BlackBerry, which is as easy to accomplish as it is on any Android device. No special handling required. So why is this news a big deal?

BlackBerry and Sierra Wireless are a good fit for the Internet of things

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Lately I've been feeling like there isn't much exciting going on in the world of BlackBerry. We're basically waiting until November to see if BES traction is as good as the company says it will be, and hoping to see BlackBerry get back to profitability.

That's why last week's announcement of Project Ion was somewhat exciting to me. Don't get me wrong - I think the press release said practically nothing. It's all too common in technology land for fancy press releases to be filled with vague-speak. BlackBerry announced a project, not a product. They are not anywhere close to the same thing.

I have a lot of questions running through my mind. Who's leading the project and what experience does he or she have? How does BlackBerry expect to compete against the other enormous companies that want to win in this space (including Microsoft)?

BlackBerry's Project Ion aims to build a secure app platform for the 'Internet of Things'

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BlackBerry Q10 with connected devices

BlackBerry has announced a big step into the Internet of Things today with a new initiative called "Project Ion". The details of the project are scarce for now, but the goal is to create a modern, extensible framework for machine-to-machine communication. If you want to know what that means, just check out Connectedly, where we're taking a good look at a broadening world of smart devices. In the enterprise space, most of M2M systems are old and proprietary, but BlackBerry is looking to recruit partners eager to get into (or expand their presence in) the internet of things.