Stories have been passing around that BlackBerry could be the next big playerin M2M. Finally, the company has taken the next step to realizing this vision when it announced Project Ion, a code name given for a series of initiatives and undertakings aimed to provide customers the tools and resources to be connected to people, machines and devices, looking to derive value from these connections.
BlackBerry recognizes the demand for secure connections as well as an application platform for the Internet of Things to operate on a worldwide scale. It also recognizes that the existing setup and machine-to-machine technology can be relatively expensive, are often restricted within the confines of a firewall and are mostly outdated. Data is an integral part of human life. The connectivity between people, machines and devices, and the data generated from these interactions will transform businesses in the future.
Project Ion was revealed at the O’Reilly Solid Conference held in San Francisco on May 21 and 22, and it is primarily concentrated on three major initiatives:
- A cloud-based secure platform developed by QNX Software Systems, to manage data from millions of end points.
- To create an Internet of Things ecosystem comprised of partners, developers, carriers, focused on connecting internet-enabled devices to a secure public platform.
- And promote important as well as strategic partnerships, including those from Industrial Internet Consortium and Application Developer Alliance, focused on promoting the development of solutions while serving to resolve challenges in the Internet of Things such as privacy and security.
BlackBerry said that this is just the beginning. John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, said, “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.”