BlackBerry creates tech unit focused on patents, QNX and Internet of Things

BlackBerry launches new business unit

BlackBerry has announced the creation of a new business unit designed to focus on some of its most valuable assets, ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT) to cryptography.

BlackBerry said the new BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS) would comprise several key parts of its business including its QNX-embedded software; Project Ion, its IoT application platform; Certicom, a cryptography application; and its efforts around Paratek RF antenna tuning.

It will also take control of BlackBerry’s 44,000-strong patent portfolio to try and develop new technologies. One part of the company not included in the unit, though, is the BlackBerry Messenger platform, despite efforts to build use on other platforms. This suggests the firm may not see a strong future for the service.

Heading the unit will by the former chief technology officer Sony Ericsson, Sandeep Chennakeshu. Chennakeshu, who has also served as the president of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), will begin at the company immediately.

Chief executive of BlackBerry John Chen said the hire of Chennakeshu for the new unit was a boost for the company as it looks to new areas to deliver growth.

“QNX, Certicom and Paratek are strategic and technically innovative assets with significant potential to address the much wider global markets for secure, reliable communications and embedded applications,” he said.

“Project Ion creates an application platform that enables secure and collaborative machine-to-machine communication required by the growing number of end-to-end, IoT applications.”

The focus on the IoT has been touted before, with BlackBerry’s president of Global Enterprise Services John Sims telling V3 that the company sees this as a major area in which its strength in security could prove beneficial.

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19 August 2014 | 10:16 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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