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For those of you that still think BlackBerry is dead, for those of you who are in the least bit curious thinking how BlackBerry survived and avoided death - like Palm (resurrected recently~?) and Nokia - and for those that just would like to understand what is going on down the road.

Before I showcase the news just announced at CES 2015 it should be of no surprise that CES this year was said to be the showcase for the connected accessory prior to 2015, yet it is REALLY about the connected world, appliance, etc.

We've seen huge push towards accessories that expand on the mantle first set by Next with their connected Thermostat just 2-3 yrs ago on iOS then on Android ... then by Philips connected colour and energy saving bulbs (now with several companies in competition at real world acceptable pricing). We're also seeing automonous cars from Audi (previously showcased) and now Mercedes-Benz (don't forget BlackBerry's partnership with them, along with AMG and Petronas in Formula 1 2yrs straight now).

There is all this talk about the connected home, the B2B which evolved in nomenclature and scope to become "The Internet of Things (IoT)" ... but what does that REALLY mean to you?!

BlackBerry unveils Cloud-based Internet of Things Platform
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The BlackBerry IoT Platform Leverages BlackBerry’s Extensive Technology Portfolio
Jan 7, 2015

Las Vegas, 2015 International CES – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today launched its comprehensive Internet of Things (IoT) platform, initially targeting the automotive and asset tracking industries. The BlackBerry® IoT Platform will leverage the company’s extensive technology portfolio, extending its best-in-class security and reliability to emerging IoT applications.

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 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.

“The BlackBerry IoT Platform blends the technologies that have enabled BlackBerry to become a leader in both the mobile data security and embedded systems industries,” said Matt Hoffman, VP of Strategy and Marketing, BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “By combining the BlackBerry global network and device lifecycle management proficiency with the embedded software experience of QNX, we have built a modular, cloud-based platform that gives customers the chance to build IoT applications in a secure, efficient and scalable way. Looking ahead, 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.”

An efficient, scalable messaging system forms the foundation of the BlackBerry IoT Platform and is responsible for its highly responsive performance. The system serves as the message bus for additional platform modules by delivering reusable services including: BlackBerry’s gold standard security; instantaneous data indexing and storage for reliable real-time intelligence; integrated analytics for data visualization; and fine-grained permissions that enable every action, message and data object to be validated.

The BlackBerry IoT modules provide rich 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. By leveraging the platform foundation and using these pre-built modules only as needed, an organization can efficiently create a customized IoT solution.

The BlackBerry IoT Platform is initially targeted at industries that manage highly mobile, high-value resources, including the shipping and automotive markets. The platform’s asset tracking and connected car applications targeting those markets are just the first step in BlackBerry’s broad and expanding IoT strategy. The BlackBerry IoT platform will also be extended into the smart energy sector and the healthcare field.

For more information about the BlackBerry IoT Platform, please visit Visitors to 2015 International CES can see demonstrations of the BlackBerry IoT Platform in BlackBerry's QNX booth: North Hall, #2231.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit

One such example of use will be in their partnership with NantHealth’s Internet of Medical Things Device.

The HBox serves as a hub of all medical data related to a patient, and provides easy access to medical records by transmitting information to and from the patient, doctor and point of care. The mobile medical device, powered by the QNX® Neutrino® Operating System (OS), is able to communicate with all legacy computers and devices in healthcare institutions. Currently, HBox collects three billion vital signs annually and transmits that data to thousands of medical devices and 250 hospitals throughout the U.S.

“Combining BlackBerry’s embedded software reliability, mobile device management and security technology with NantHealth’s ability to develop leading health care devices and platform creates a powerful strategic relationship,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. “We look forward to continued collaboration where we leverage our respective strengths to improve patient healthcare.”

With HBox, we have created a ‘human signal’ capturing device that automatically and securely transmits, through our HIPAA-compliant ‘NantCloud,' critical medical data and vital signs to the mission control center,” said Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., founder and CEO of NantHealth. “Instantly and safely connecting the patient with the doctor and hospital allows for a higher quality of healthcare, expediting diagnosis and treatment, as well as more efficiently and accurately providing vital information into the hands of those in need.”


Devices are connected via software ‘agents’ that can run on multiple operating systems. This capability is based on over 35 years of embedded software development expertise at BlackBerry

The BlackBerry IoT Platform is hosted in the secure, global BlackBerry infrastructure, which today securely handles 35+ petabytes of mobile data per month. The cloud services provide the functionality to intelligently collect and analyze data, as well as manage devices through their entire lifecycle.

The BlackBerry IoT platform is designed to support data portability and analysis. Developers can take advantage of REST APIs, scalable data pipes, and persistent message queues to stream and exchange data with external systems

Authentication, authorization, and data security are provided through patented BlackBerry cryptography and key management technologies. These techniques are architected for a wide range of devices, including those operating under resource constraints and those that require high performance.
The BlackBerry IoT Platform is hosted in the secure, global BlackBerry infrastructure

* Note that this infrastructure has NEVER EVER been hacked! Never! That is over 20yrs+ with Target, Walmart, BestBuy, and most renowned recently Sony, EBay, etc have all been severely hacked.

BlackBerry ... at it's core is a Network and Software company, always has been always will be.

Posted: 2015-01-08 00:13:04
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The BlackBerry® IoT Platform delivers a system for collecting and managing information between a vehicle and a customer’s back-end system. The platform provides a secure, hosted environment with the ability to collect data from vehicles, manage data flow intelligently, store data, and provide near real-time querying capabilities.

The platform supports use cases such as authentication, remote control, and systems monitoring. In addition, the platform provides device analysis, device management, and over-the-air updates for device software, content, and configuration that can be very valuable for the automotive industry

A vehicle using the QNX operating system can upload operating system software logs and fault reports using the log collection component. Those logs can then be reviewed using development tools such as the QNX Momentics Tool Suite.
* NOTE: 50 Million Vehicles and Counting: QNX Achieves New Milestone in Automotive Market Think of Truck fleet management (Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, etc) or the personal car you own having Manufacturer Recalls and finding out over an hour is wasted because although your car has the part listed in the Safety Recall, it's the wrong version or firmware/software version in that part?!

The log collection component and the device software update module combine to create a solution for accelerated software development for vehicles. These services also work together to provide improved in-field maintenance, and ongoing service delivery to vehicles.


The BlackBerry® IoT Platform can be used to build new customer-facing solutions and value-added services. For example, the permissions model and secure messaging features of the platform foundation can be used to build a remote vehicle application. Users can manage heating, air conditioning, locks, and digital content from a mobile device or computer.

In another example, a user’s driving preferences like seat position, mirror position, steering wheel tilt, music, and frequently called phone numbers can be stored in the cloud. Vehicles can have an infinite number of custom user profiles. The user profile becomes portable and upon buying, renting, or borrowing another car, the profile can be transferred, which leads to improved brand loyalty and customer satisfaction. The device management platform provides a convenient way to administer such services.

Automobiles are seeing a significant growth in ECUs (electronic control units) and software in every car. By collecting critical data from these units, car manufacturers can analyze the data based on time, geography, models and usage, for example, and use the results for design optimization or scheduling maintenance and service.

The fine-grained permission model inherent in the BlackBerry IOT Platform can be used to allow selective access of the data to different players in the automotive ecosystem such as service centers, development partners, and application developers.

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LG selects QNX to provide solutions for next-gen automotive systems

“QNX Software Systems has been our trusted supplier for more than a decade, providing flexible software solutions that have helped LG deliver millions of high-quality systems to the world’s automakers,” said Won-Yong Hwang, Director and Head of AVN development department, LG Electronics’ VC Company. “This same flexibility allows us to leverage our existing QNX expertise in new and growing markets such as ADAS, where the proven reliability of QNX Software Systems’ technology can play a critical role in addressing automotive safety requirements.”

QNX Software Systems offers a comprehensive portfolio of automotive infotainment, telematics, safety, and acoustics solutions deployed in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide. More than 40 automotive OEMs use QNX software in their vehicles, including brands such as Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen

50 Million Vehicles and Counting: QNX Achieves New Milestone in Automotive Market

More than 40 automotive OEMs now use QNX® software, including the QNX Neutrino® OS, the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, and QNX acoustics middleware, for their head units, handsfree systems, connectivity modules, and digital instrument clusters. Examples from the 2015 model year include the virtual cockpit in the Audi TT, the entertainment system in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, and the new OnStar 4G LTE system for GM vehicles — a range of systems that reflects the sheer flexibility and scalability of QNX technology

Posted: 2015-01-08 00:40:44
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Supa_Fly Posts: > 500

This IoT system and platform along with BlackBerry's management software like BES5, BES10 and recently BES12 ... all this combined IS BlackBerry's Ecosystem
Posted: 2015-01-08 03:09:19
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