US army to use BlackBerry OS 7

2012-05-10 12:44
Johannesburg - Research In Motion announced on Thursday that its latest BlackBerry smartphones have been approved for use by the US department of defence.
 
The BlackBerry 7 platform has won security certification and the model range running the latest operating system has been listed by the US Defence Information Systems Agency (Disa) on its unified communications approved product list.
 
“The army introduced a wide range of new apps and capabilities for their BlackBerry users last year, and these new BlackBerry 7 smartphones will now enable army users, and all DoD users,” said Scott Totzke, senior vice president of BlackBerry security group at RIM.
 
The listing should be a boost for the Canadian-based company that has come under pressure in the smartphone market as iPhones and Android-powered devices dominate smartphone consumer markets in the US and Europe.
 
The BlackBerry 7 operating system won the Common Criteria EAL4+ accreditation earlier this year as the company touts the security of devices over competing brands and new CEO Thorsten Heins unveiled the BlackBerry 10 at the firm’s conference recently.
 
RIM recently announced that it was focussed on the corporate market in developed countries, but the company still sees strong growth in consumer markets in developing nations like India, Indonesia and SA.
 
The phones authorised on the list are the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, the Torch 9810, 9850 and 9860 as well as the entry level Curve 9360.

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