BlackBerry IoT platform targets automotive and asset tracking

BlackBerry has launched its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, initially targeting the automotive and asset tracking industries.

The BlackBerry IoT platform will also be extended into the smart energy sector and the healthcare field.

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

The BlackBerry global network infrastructure today handles approximately 35 petabytes of mobile data per month in data centers located around the world and manages peering connections with more than 300 mobile operators and 400 partner networks worldwide.


Matt Hoffman, VP of Strategy and Marketing, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, said: “We will extend the platform with other BlackBerry technologies to give developers additional control over the flow of information to devices on the network’s edge.”

BlackBerry IoT modules provide functionality for data collection, including time-of-service and maintenance records, and device lifecycle management. The lifecycle management module comprises three main elements – over the air (OTA) software update, application enablement and log collection – designed to accelerate device deployment and extend the longevity of in-field devices.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry and NantHealth, a cloud-based information technology provider, launched the next generation of the NantHealth HBox, a portable medical device that captures and transmits secure medical data between the patient, doctor and hospital.

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