BlackBerry signs one-year deal to provide alerts and notifications to Pentagon workers

BlackBerry signs one-year deal to provide alerts and notifications to Pentagon workers
Just because BlackBerry has become an also-ran in the smartphone industry doesn't mean that the company isn't continuing to make strides in its other businesses. This morning, the company announced that it signed a 1-year pact with a non-military company that provides security for the Pentagon. The deal, made with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, covers internal and external alerts, messaging, and emergency notifications.

The Agency is a civilian company has been charged with the security of those inside the Pentagon, whether an occupant or visitor. It also is in charge of maintaining the safety of the building and the physical plant. Including the Pentagon and other DoD buildings, BlackBerry provides this service to 37,000 Defense department workers.

BlackBerry did not publicly disclose the value of the contract, but did say that it is renewable through 2020. With the company removing itself from the handset business slowly (it plans on releasing two Android powered phones this year, according to CEO John Chen), BlackBerry will be focusing on deals like this one which take advantage of the company's networking business, its device management tools and still positive name in the enterprise.

Despite the fact that BlackBerry's deal is with the civilian company, it still seems strange to have a Canadian firm help keep up the security of an American defense icon like the Pentagon.

source: CBC

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8 Comments

1. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

"Despite the fact that BlackBerry's deal is with the civilian company, it still seems strange to have a Canadian firm help keep up the security of an American defense icon like the Pentagon." The best protection a "civilian company" can get. They should go with them. This is the stuff BB should focus on.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. Instead of releasing overpriced devices that will bring their profits and outlook down, they should just focus on software and security where they are the strongest at. This is the part where enterprise should be brought up and not in areas where it's irrelevant. If Chen is smart, he would give up trying to revive a dead horse and just focus on this segment of Blackberry.

5. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I love BlackBerry so much that even though Facebook and Whatsapp withdrawing their apps at the end of the year I still careless and will continue using BlackBerry. My Passport SE got to be the best phone I've ever owned. In fact typing this comment with the exceptional keyboard. Dang! I can't do without a BlackBerry. PS I bought the HTC10 immediately it became available thinking it will make me dump the Passport instead it is the HTC 10 that I had to send back to HTC to get back my money after using it for roughly 25days.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I respect your opinion. Nothing wrong with using what works for you. I wouldn't mind the Passport but I just don't like the boxy look of it. Wouldn't mind a refresher that has the same design as the Z10.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry already focuses on stuff like this. They've been doing so for quite awhile now. It just doesn't get reported as often (rarely, if ever) on sites like this one.

13. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Nobody seems to realize that DoD/FBI/NSA more recently vetting their new Private Network. They even offer Rewards to White Hat Hackers brought in to attempt to break into it. But... they are using Samsung KNOX Security Suite Licensing to bring nearly any BYOD device cross platform onto their isolated completely sandboxed off the grid Private Network. Basically it's like two separate systems and Blackberry got a partnership to provide their vaunted BES Encryption Servers on all KNOX 2.x Security Enterprise Licensed Devices Which is included in the only End to End Security Suite w/BES Servers to be Certified by the NSA under extremely strict requirements for instant Memory Wipe.... even if battery is near dead (shuts down w/remote wakeup n wipe features only on Enterprise licensed Factory Installed Samsung Devices or if remote wipe hard is on the device). Location awareness can also operate in the background. Along identity authentication via many choices. Fingerprint, facial, iris or whatever.... then it's prepared for it! These Samsung features are like Star Wars technology and now we know why Apple, nor Google or even Blackberry got a single Govt Bid. Since they all lost the competition for these lucrative Govt Contract bids to Samsung. With their solution actually bringing around a dozen 3rd party contractors (IBM, Blackberry, for what is and will become the Ultimate Transaction medium in a Blockchain design like BitCoin! http://www.coindesk.com/ibm-reveals-proof-concept-blockchain-powered-internet-things/ But it does take all of them cooperating together.... not any one single proprietary focused company like Google and Apple!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

This was actually announced May 31st, but it's awesome news, nonetheless. http://crackberry.com/pentagon-expands-its-threat-response-capability-using-blackberrys-athoc It also goes to show you that BlackBerry is much more than a handset maker. They are more of a Software and Security company now. Kudos, BlackBerry. Let's keep deals like this coming in. It would be great if sites like this one focused more on positive aspects like this about BlackBerry.

12. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

Kudos to BB... I remember the times when having a BlackBerry was about everything... I myself had one... but now the maket had change and they need to focus on the areas where they are good at... and that is security. So good for them.

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