Blackberry Going Into Internet of Things with Project Ion
Blackberry used to produce brilliant phones that attracts plenty of attention to people in the corporate world until the iOS and Android tsunami came along and eats into the Blackberry territory making it more and more obsolete day by day. Despite its products getting a beating from the Apple and Google giants, Blackberry still has plenty of things in the works. Blackberry is also in the corporate software development business, as in building secure communication platforms and networks for industrial use. Recently Blackberry announced the Project Ion, set to take on the Internet of Things.
In 2010 Blackberry acquired QNX and used it as a platform for their Blackberry 10 OS. The QNX division, as Blackberry knows it now has the potential to support more than just smartphones. The QNX platform has been the platform of choice for most in-car infotainment systems as of late. Project Ion plans to use QNX as a base to create a platform to securely gather data across different devices and environments. Blackberry’s hope through Project Ion is to simplify the IoT for potential users; to easily gather and capture data in real-time on people’s activities, behaviours and such, and easily develop applications based on the data they require in cloud. Blackberry is said to be working with Cisco, an avid supporter of IoT to push and further develop IoT for the future.
Of course IoT is has a tremendous potential in affecting how we interact with people, things, brands, and manufacturers. One very interested party in taking advantage of IoT is Google through their Android platform. They deem that Android in the future could use the IoT in making their devices more connected with each other and create a whole new ecosystem with it. Therefore there is a small possibility that Google would be working with Blackberry in the future as the main handset provider for Blackberry to build their Project Ion on. Despite all these potential as we see it, it is still unclear where Blackberry wants to go with the Project Ion. That being said, this could be save Blackberry from the inevitable fallout from the consumer market.