BlackBerry launches Secure Work Space service to manage Android, Apple devices
BlackBerry, on Tuesday, launched a service through which companies can secure and manage Android and iOS based mobile devices within their infrastructure.
The service can be managed through the existing BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, which was launched in January, and the feature is called Secure Work Space. The new service will enable BlackBerry to penetrate even those organizations where there is no trace of a single BlackBerry device and all personnel of the organization use Android or iOS devices.
The Secure Work Space feature will allow IT managers of companies to manage Android and iOS devices such that they could create a barrier between corporate email, calendars, contacts, tasks, memos, Web browsing and document editing and personal apps and content of the personnel.
BlackBerry, formerly RIM, has been the pioneer of the smartphone once but, following the entry of Apple into this segment followed by Samsung through Google’s Android, it hasn’t been able to gain a foothold over the ground already lost. In a bid to re-discover and re-establish itself into the business BlackBerry launched its OS 10 followed by a trio of BB OS 10 powered smartphones – Z10, Q10 and Q5.
In an interview with Reuters, David Smith, head of enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry said, “With an integrated management console, our clients can now see all of the devices they have on their network, manage those devices and connect to them securely.”
“We now also have a secure work space on Android and iOS that allows our clients to secure and manage the data on those devices as well”, he added.