NEW YORK: Boeing and BlackBerry’s new partnership to make a super-secret phone designed for government agency workers is the latest development on defence and security front.
“We’re pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES12 platform,” said John Chen, BlackBerry chairman and chief executive officer, according to Bloomberg. “That by the way is all they allow me to say.”
The mobile company’s virtually unmatched privacy and security features on its phones and servers will pair with Boeing’s new Boeing Black secure Smartphone. The integration of the two will allow the government to keep track of employee’s devices.
The tamper-proof specs make it virtually impossible for anyone to try and disassemble it without the phone detecting it, in which case, “any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable,” according to Boeing outside counsel Bruce Olcott.
And for even more added security, the phone has biometric scanners, Britain’s Telegraph reported. Further, the Boeing Black’s encryption software is designed to prevent eavesdropping or spying. To make it easier for users to switch between government and commercial networks, the Boeing Black has two SIM cards as well as a modular expansion port, which allows it to connect to satellites.