BlackBerry Scores Government Clearance for Mobile System

Mar 28, 2014 01:59 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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A BlackBerry mobile platform has received federal clearance for American government agencies to use it on various devices, the company on Wednesday.

Secure Work Space, a Blackberry system that can run on both Apple's iOS platform and Google's Android OS, has been certified with Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2, reported.

Intended for clients working in government or business sectors and dealing with high-security information, the Secure Work Space system runs on smartphone and tablet devices.

The software protects such sensitive data as corporate email, calendar, s, tasks, memos, browsing and document editing, securing government- or business-related information separately from personal apps and other content, according to Reuters.

The certification paves the way for BlackBerry to market its services to government agencies, corporate officials and other clients sending highly sensitive communications. Since the Secure Work Space system works with both iOS and Android, BlackBerry would be able to sell the software even to people using its competitors' devices.

Since it was eclipsed in the mobile phone industry by Apple and Google, BlackBerry has struggled to regain footing and holds only a 1 percent share of the global smartphone market.

Under the direction of CEO John Chen, who was appointed in November, BlackBerry is becoming a company that develops software as well as hardware and focuses on phones geared toward those working in business and government,  reported.

The company seems to be faring well in the connected vehicle market, where its QNX operating system has become "the standard" for in-car systems, Matthew Stover, an analyst at Guggenheim Partners in Boston, told Businessweek

The Canadian corporation's QNX system, part of a 2010 acquisition that cost BlackBerry $2 billion, has been implemented into vehicles made by Chrysler, Hyundai and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc. QNX is also the car system of choice for most luxury German automakers, according to Businessweek.

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