Boeing’s ultra-secure Black smartphone to use BlackBerry’s BES 12 solution

white BlackBerry Passport

Back in February, Boeing introduced Black, an ultra-rugged, extra-secure Android-based smartphone that would, among other things, reset itself if improperly tampered with.

While details of the phone, which is intended for use in military and defense departments, are limited, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen noted during the company’s Q3 2015 earnings call that he is working with Boeing to optimize the Android-compatible BES 12 enterprise solution to work within Boeing’s infrastructure. “We’re pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES12 platform,” he said.

BES 12, which debuted in November, is compatible with all four major mobile operating systems, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10, along with legacy BlackBerry OS devices.

According to Bloomberg, Boeing’s Black smartphone “is manufactured as a sealed device with epoxy around its casing and screws and a tamper-proof covering over the screw-heads ‘to identify attempted disassembly,'” according to a specialist. Trying to break into the phone would ostensibly render it useless. It also has two SIM slots so users can choose between making calls from a secure number and a public one.

How’s that for security?




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