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RIM launches Mobile Fusion

Security software will work with iPhone, iPad and phones using Android OS

The Mobile Fusion platform will administrators to manage iOS and Android devices, as well as BlackBerry,
The Mobile Fusion platform will administrators to manage iOS and Android devices, as well as BlackBerry,

Research In Motion is launching its new Mobile Fusion device management software, which offers the company's important security features for devices such as the iPhone, according to Reuters.

RIM said earlier this week that it would launch the Mobile Fusion software in Q1 2012.

The software allows corporate IT staff to set and monitor rules for passwords, apps and software on a range of devices, including Apple's iPad and iPhone, and smartphones using Google's Android operating system.

The software is also designed to allow an enterprise to remotely lock or wipe a lost or stolen device, which may be a key selling point for security-conscious corporations who may have been wary of shifting away from the BlackBerry.

"What our enterprise customers are looking for, and the opportunity for us, is to become the de facto platform," RIM's vice-president for enterprise product management, Alan Panezic, told Reuters in an interview.

"We will take full advantage of whatever security capabilities are provided by the core operating system. We're not going to hold that back in any way, shape or form."

RIM's BlackBerry has for years been the preferred device for both businesses and government agencies as the devices feature encrypted data and could provide workers with secure, round-the-clock email access.

However, many workers now prefer to use their own Apple and Android-powered devices to access corporate emails, which raises security questions for corporations.

RIM hopes its new security software will help to address those concerns.

Mobile Fusion will sit next to existing BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES) behind corporate firewalls.

Panezic said the software will manage RIM's PlayBook independently from a BlackBerry, after the tablet device receives a software upgrade, due in February.

The new software follows on from RIM's May acquisition of device management company Ubitexx.

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