BlackBerry subsidiary Secusmart has teamed up with IBM to deliver a high-security tablet device for public sector markets and enterprises, and in particular to provide access to data that is subject to special security requirements.
Announced at the Cebit show in Hanover, the SecuTABLET is based on Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 device with secure app wrapping technology provided by IBM. This is required in order to implement the high security controls by Secusmart within the infrastructure of various clients inside the governmental sector, the firm said.
According to IBM, a study conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value on Mobility Impact found that 63 percent of public sector workers wanted mobile access to their specialised applications like budget and controlling. However, special security requirements regarding the data have hindered this before now.
"The SecuTABLET closes a supply gap and opens up for government and administrations an opportunity to derive greater benefit from digitisation and the mobile internet," said IBM senior management consultant Stefan Hefter.
According to BlackBerry, the SecuTABLET supplements the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 portfolio and can be seamlessly integrated into existing SecuSUITE deployment. BlackBerry acquired Secusmart last year.
"National and international government customers have entrusted their voice and data communications with the Secusmart Security Card for years. This same technology is what secures the new SecuTABLET. Working alongside IBM and Samsung, we have added the last link in the chain of the Federal Security Network. Subject to certification of the SecuTABLET, German government agencies will have a new way to access BlackBerry's most secure and complete communications network in the world," said Secusmart chief executive Dr Hans-Christoph Quelle.
The move makes the SecuTABLET the first tablet device from BlackBerry since its ill-fated PlayBook device four years ago, although it is effectively an Android-based Samsung device with IBM and Secusmart services installed to deliver a complete solution.
At the time of writing, BlackBerry had not disclosed when the SecuTABLET will be available, or what other territories the device will be available for sale in.
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