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USA: Department of Defense approves 6 RIM`s Blackberry 7.
Research In Motion (RIM) on Wednesday announced that the US Department of Defense staff and partners have been given the go-ahead to use more of the Canadian firm's BlackBerry OS 7 smartphones.
Combat support group Defense Information Systems Agency tested BlackBerry smartphones running on the mobile software platform, which is to be replaced later this year with BlackBerry 10.
Army lab testing ended with the department adding the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930; the BlackBerry Torch 9810, 9850 and 9860, and the BlackBerry Curve 9360 to its list of approved handsets, RIM said in a release.
The BlackBerry system 7 will allow military and other Defense Department users to get higher levels of performance from a wide range of applications and smartphone capabilities added in the past year, the company said.
Enhanced features included voice-activated search and near-field communication (NFC) technology that allows smartphones to be used for payments at checkout counters, according to RIM vice president Scott Totzke.
The company's focus on keeping BlackBerry communications secure was cited as a priority for the military.
"RIM's unwavering focus on security and RIM's achievement of key security certifications...continue to be very important to many of our DoD and enterprise customers," Totzke said.
The announcement came a month after the Waterloo, Ontario-based company announced a loss last quarter amid lower than expected sales of its BlackBerry, which has been losing ground to Apple iPhones and smartphones powered by Google-backed Android software.
RIM Announces Approval of BlackBerry 7 Smartphones for U.S. Department of Defense Networks.
DISA Mission Partner Conference, Tampa, FL - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced DoD-wide approval for the use of BlackBerry® 7 smartphones. Working with U.S. Army and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) sponsors and partners, BlackBerry 7 smartphones have undergone successful testing through Army labs leading to a subsequent listing on DISA's Unified Communications Approved Product List (UCAPL).
The approval allows all DoD customers to use the following BlackBerry 7 smartphones on DoD networks:
- BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and 9930 (touch screen with keyboard)
- BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 (touch screen with slide out keyboard)
- BlackBerry® Torch™ 9850 and 9860 (full screen touch screen)
- BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 (keyboard)
“The Army introduced a wide range of new apps and capabilities for their BlackBerry users last year, and these new BlackBerry 7 smartphones will now enable Army users, and all DoD users, to experience an even greater level of performance on new smartphones that include features such as voice activated universal search, Near Field Communications, Augmented Reality, and Social Feeds 2.0 just to name a few,” said Scott Totzke, SVP, BlackBerry Security Group at RIM. “RIM’s unwavering focus on security and RIM's achievement of key security certifications including FIPS 140-2 validation and Common Criteria EAL4+ accreditation continue to be very important to many of our DoD and enterprise customers, but leveraging the full power of BlackBerry smartphones is also important as it helps them realize the full potential of their investment in the BlackBerry platform.”
For more information about BlackBerry 7 smartphones and features, please visit: www.blackberry.com/bb7