The Canadian mobile technology company, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), has collaborated with the largest jet manufacturer of the world, Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), to create a cell phone with self-destruction capabilities. The device is known as Boeing Black and it can self-destroy in case of any tampering or similar threats.
This partnership is aimed to take mobile security to another level and offer secure communication lines to the government agencies. Boeing Black comes with numerous features including encryption of communication (calls, text messages) along with encryption of data stored on the phone, emails, and critical photos.
The CEO of Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), John Chen, said,
“We’re pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform. That, by the way, is all they allow me to say.”
Boeing Black comes with a 13.25mm thick casing with the ability to configure security features such as biometric sensors and satellite communication. It has a dual-SIM facility to stay in touch with multiple networks.
The smart device is powered by Enterprise Services, BES 12, of BlackBerry, which facilitates the security of internal network devices used by different government agencies. BES 12 is not only used to secure BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) devices but phones from its competitors including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:OOGL). Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) is known for its jet airliners but under this partnership, the jet manufacturer would market this device to the different government agencies and corporate clients looking for similar services.
Earlier last week, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) completed the acquisition of Secusmart GmbH, known for data and voice encryption services, and improved its footprint in enterprise mobile security solutions. While talking about the acquisitions, John Chen said,
“With the benefit of Secusmart’s talented team at BlackBerry, we look forward to building on our leadership position in mobile security at a time when cybersecurity breaches and data theft pose ever-growing costs and threats to governments, companies and consumers.”
This article has been written by Prakash Pandey.