BlackBerry pins hopes on Internet of Things

Project Ion aims to deliver IoT technologies using open-source tools

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BlackBerry pins hopes on Internet of Things BlackBerry said that Project Ion would become a cornerstone for its IoT vision (Getty Images)
By  Tom Paye Published  May 26, 2014

BlackBerry is pinning its hopes on the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), having launched a series of initiatives codenamed Project Ion, aimed at delivering end-to-end IoT solutions.

In a statement, the struggling smartphone manufacturer said that Project Ion would become a cornerstone for its IoT vision. BlackBerry said that it would offer resources to access massive amounts of data from multiple sources, allowing for actionable information.

"As connectivity costs continue to fall and connected technologies become pervasive, a new market is emerging - the Internet of Things," said John Chen, BlackBerry's CEO.

"Billions of connections, generating trillions of transactions and exabytes of data daily, will require platforms that can operate securely on a global scale. No other company is in a better position than BlackBerry to provide the technological building blocks, applications and services needed to enhance productivity, improve real-time decision making and deliver on the vision of the Internet of Things."

Using open-source technologies, BlackBerry hopes that Project Ion will allow specific industries to take advantage of these massive data sets. The company gave healthcare as an example, where doctors could glean real-time diagnosis information to improve patient care.

Project Ion will focus on three key areas, BlackBerry said - a secure public application platform, the facilitation of an IoT ecosystem, and strategic partnerships.

Select partners and developers will soon have early access to the product component of Project Ion, the vendor added.

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