BlackBerry introduces IoT platform based on QNX

BlackBerry introduces IoT platform based on QNX

Alongside announcing the development of BBM for Android Wear, BlackBerry has introduced its own Internet of Things (IoT) platform at the CES 2015 which is based on QNX operating system. The new platform is initially targeted at automotive and asset tracking industries.

The BlackBerry IoT platform uses the concept of cloud-computing to power embedded systems in new cars, industrial applications and medical devices. It performs operations through the company’s secure network infrastructure and device lifecycle management software.

On introducing the BlackBerry IoT platform, Matt Hoffman, VP of Strategy and Marketing, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, said:

“The BlackBerry IoT Platform blends the technologies that have enabled BlackBerry to become a leader in both the mobile data security and embedded systems industries. By combining the BlackBerry global network and device lifecycle management proficiency with the embedded software experience of QNX, we have built a modular, cloud-based platform that gives customers the chance to build IoT applications in a secure, efficient and scalable way. Looking ahead, we will extend the platform with other BlackBerry technologies.”

BlackBerry claims that its IoT platform will serve as the “message bus” for additional platform modules through its reusable services. The modules will provide its clients functionality for data collection and will comprise three main elements – over-the-air (OTA) software update, application enablement and log collection, the company added.

The BlackBerry IoT platform, as a whole, offers a modular architecture to its targeted industries to add BlackBerry services as well as compatible third-party services into their IoT applications.

According to the latest prediction announced by US-based analyst firm Gartner, the number of connected devices will reach from about 5 billion in 2015 to 25 billion by 2020. This is one of the reasons that BlackBerry invested its resources into the emerging market of IoT and introduced its own IoT platform.

Toronto, Ontario-based BlackBerry presently set to release its IoT platform for shipping and automotive markets but also has plans to extend the platform into the smart energy sector and the healthcare field.

Last year, chip makers Intel and ARM announced their own IoT platforms to step into the new market and companies like Samsung, Dell and Google’s Nest also formed their partnerships to start developing new technologies and protocols for IoT.