BlackBerry, Boeing collaborate on ‘self-destruct’ phone

Handset aimed at security-conscious clients, such as government agencies

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By  Stephen McBride Published  December 21, 2014

Canadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry, this weekend revealed it is working with aviation giant Boeing on an Android handset that will be able to self-destruct if it is tampered with, Reuters reported.

The Boeing Black smartphone, which encrypts calls, is aimed at government agencies for which data and communication security are paramount. It has a dual-SIM setup and can be configured to access biometric sensors and satellites.

"We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilising our BES 12 [BlackBerry Enterprise Service] platform," said BlackBerry CEO John Chen. "That, by the way, is all they allow me to say."

BES is a mobile device management platform that allows enterprises to police cross-platform devices, including those running Android and iOS.

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