BlackBerry unveils Project Ion to bring security to Internet of Things

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BlackBerry is looking to the Internet of Things (IoT) to revive its fortunes with the unveiling of an initiative to bring its famous security capabilities to all connected devices, dubbed Project Ion.

The ailing mobile giant said Project Ion is focused on a number of IoT areas, such as creating a secure platform to allow apps to be built and hosted that can then access data from sensors and present it to businesses or consumers in a secure manner.

This would be based on the QNX platform and existing enterprise mobility management tools from BlackBerry.

BlackBerry said it would try to facilitate a new IoT ecosystem that will help all those involved in the market to co-operate more closely to ensure their apps and sensors work together and adhere to pre-agreed standards.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that the Internet of Things will be a key focus for the firm.

“As connectivity costs continue to fall and connected technologies become pervasive, a new market is emerging – the Internet of Things. Billions of connections, generating trillions of transactions and exabytes of data daily, will require platforms that can operate securely on a global scale,” he said.

“No other company is in a better position than BlackBerry to provide the technological building blocks, applications and services needed to enhance productivity, improve real-time decision making and deliver on the vision of the Internet of Things.”

The announcement by BlackBerry comes amid a flurry of activity around the Internet of Things in recent days.

Last week, Arqiva announced plans to build networks in major UK cities to underpin the expected rollout of IoT sensors, while Intel also gave its thoughts on how the technology will revolutionise businesses.

BT and Neul are also teaming up to pilot such systems in Milton Keynes while Bosch and MongoDB are working together to ensure database systems can handle the expected explosion of data that IoT sensors will generate.

22 May 2014 | 4:00 pm – Source: v3.co.uk
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