BlackBerry prepares launch of high-security tablet

Canadian firm collaborates with IBM, Samsung on enterprise-centric device

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By  Stephen McBride Published  March 15, 2015

BlackBerry has collaborated with IBM and Samsung on a security-conscious tablet, to be launched at Germany's CeBIT 2015 this week, by the Canadian company's Secusmart unit, Reuters reported.

SecuTABLET, which is currently seeking certification from the German Federal Office for Information Security, is built on top of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 design and will try to take advantage of government and enterprise demand for secure infrastructure.

BlackBerry, a pioneer in smartphones, has seen its once-dominant market share cannibalised by current leaders Samsung and Apple. Under CEO John Chen the company has focused its energy on software and enterprise services.

"Security is ingrained in every part of BlackBerry's portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions," said Dr Hans-Christoph Quelle, chief executive officer of Secusmart, in a statement.

"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."

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