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Bmobile supplies Police Service with latest mobile technology

Thursday, October 31 2013

OVER 300 officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service are now able to use the latest mobile technology via the BlackBerry Q5 to help them in the fight against crime.

The mobile phones were distributed by bmobile to the Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams at the Central Police Station, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.

Rakesh Goswami, Executive Vice-President for Government and Enterprise Services at TSTT explained that bmobile and BlackBerry were pleased to continue the long partnership with the Police Service through the provision of BlackBerry’s newest smartphone the Q5. Goswami said the BlackBerry phones were the number one choice as they possess the safest and most secure operating system, BB10.

“We are happy to provide the kind of cutting-edge mobile technology that complements the modernising of crime fighting initiatives”, he said. “The officers will have the ability to securely access and share sensitive data anywhere and at anytime.”

The preference for BlackBerry devices operating on the BB10 operating system was cemented when just last year, BlackBerry announced that the BB 10 platform had become Federal Information Processing

Standard 140-2(FIPS) certified. The certification gave the green light for government agencies to deploy BB 10 devices and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 - BlackBerry’s new mobile enterprise management solution. FIPS certification provides confidence to security-conscious organisations dealing with sensitive information, that data stored on smartphones running BB 10 can be properly secured and encrypted.

BlackBerry achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BB 10 has met the strict security requirements of government agencies and enterprises.

As modern policing employs greater use of technology for evidence gathering, evaluating and sharing, this makes it all the more important that officers have communications devices that use the most secure software and have versatile features. BlackBerry integrates end-to-end security, and includes certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit making BlackBerry a leader in achieving the level of security accreditation that it has.

The BlackBerry Q5 is the third BB 10 smartphone and boasts BlackBerry’s signature, classic keyboard which has been re-engineered and re-designed to facilitate faster, more accurate typing with the least amount of effort. Equipped with super-fast browsing, the mobile device allows users to perform tasks more effectively by using shortcuts directly from the home screen and access personal email and applications (apps) without compromising work data and use.

According to technology site http://www.itbusinessedge.com BlackBerry was designed to be secure and has “a fully curated application store making it far more difficult for malware to get onto the device in the first place. It is a full hardware/software custom implementation, which allows BlackBerry to assure the components work together to create a more secure whole. The site explained that BlackBerry Apps are monitored and if they behave strangely the device will create an alert, potentially preventing malware-based attacks like those that plague other operating systems.

The site pointed out that while the BlackBerry is less likely to be attacked in the first place, it was designed at the outset to be more secure and better able to defend against the threats that other operating systems experience.

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