Research in Motion's (RIM) has announced that its Mobile Fusion service has now launched, offering companies increased powers over Apple iOS, Google Android and its own BlackBerry handsets.
The Fusion service promises to help companies solve several of the security and control issues associated with the ongoing bring your own device movement (BYOD), the firm claimed.
Connecting the device to a single outbound security connection, specifically a 256-bit AES encrypted "BlackBerry VPN", the service grants administrators increased powers, promising to let them implement enforceable IT policies across all devices on the network.
"BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows organisations to manage a mixed environment of devices in the most secure, simple, and cost efficient manner possible," said RIM vice president Alan Panezic.
"It also means that businesses and governments do not have to move to the lowest common denominator on security for all the devices they need to manage."
The service also houses a number of other features, such as letting firms configure devices' email, calendar and group features.
Compatibility with Apple iOS and Google Android adds further weight to speculation that RIM is planning to release a number of its services like BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on to competitors' devices.
This was given further backing by a job post on RIM's LinkedIn page, since removed, looking for a senior iOS developer that the firm said would help create BlackBerry products for iOS devices.
Ovum researcher Richard Absalom told V3 the product would help firms ensure all devices in use by employees could be managed through a single system, but added it did not necessairly mean other services would follow.
"It certainly fits into the strategy of re-focusing on the enterprise, but it doesn't necessarily confirm the rumour that it will port certain services to Android and iOS," he said.
"Mobile Fusion simply allows companies to manage and secure iOS and Android devices to a similar level as is possible on BlackBerry, with some fairly common mobile device management tools."
The firm will be hoping the new product helps appeal to firms as in recent years RIM has seen its smartphone market share rapidly decrease, being overtaken by both Apple and Google.
This has been compounded by the company's huge investment of finances and resources in trying to break into the tablet market with its Playbook, which also proved a flop.
The poor performance has led to widespread confusion over RIM's future plans for BlackBerry, with the company indicating last week that it was going to stop targeting the consumer market, only to backtrack on its statement mere hours later.
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