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BlackBerry unveils cloud-based Internet of Things platform

Will initially target industrial customers in the automotive and logistics sectors with QNX-based systems.


LAS VEGAS — BlackBerry Ltd. is getting behind the technology that will eventually link your smartphone and tablet to all the other devices in your home through the Internet.

The Waterloo, Ont.-based company unveiled the foundation of its Internet of Things platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

It marks one of the first steps towards selling the technology to firms such as automakers and shipping companies.

The BlackBerry IoT Platform combines technology from QNX Software Systems, a BlackBerry company whose software powers mission-critical embedded systems in cars, industrial applications, and medical devices, with the company’s secure network infrastructure and device lifecycle management software.

Its global network infrastructure already handles approximately 35 petabytes of mobile data per month in data centres around the world and manages peering connections with more than 300 mobile operators and 400 partner networks worldwide.

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The company says its IoT platform will initially be targeted at industries that manage highly mobile, high-value resources, including the shipping and automotive markets thanks to asset tracking and connected car applications. It will eventually be extended into the smart energy sector and the healthcare field.

The Internet of Things describes the cloud-based technology that connects objects to wireless networks.

It’s considered by many as the next stage in allowing consumers and businesses to communicate with the various other electronic devices in their lives.

&$169; 2015 The Canadian Press

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