US Department of Defence approves BlackBerry 10 devices

US Department of Defence approves BlackBerry 10 devices

The US Department of Defence (DoD) has announced that it has cleared the use of BlackBerry 10 smartphones and PlayBook mobile devices within its networks,

BlackBerry has long had a reputation for providing the very best security encryption for both consumer and business users, and the latest approval from the Pentagon is set to give the company a significant boost.

All of the approved devices underwent rigorous testing within DoD labs, before eventually being listed on the Defence Systems Agency’s Unified Communications Approved List (DISA).

BlackBerry, which was previously known as RIM, originally announced in November that its new operating system had met the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) security certification, which it said would enable it to be used by governmental agencies.

Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman said: “This is a significant step towards establishing a multi-vendor environment that supports a variety of state-of-the-art devices and operating systems.”

Around 600,000 workers at the Pentagon use mobile devices, with 457,000 of those using BlackBerry.

And Mr Pickart hinted that the government department would be implementing a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, revealing that the decision to approve the devices would not result in any orders, instead allowing workers to purchase the devices for themselves.

The news for BlackBerry is expected to increase its sales of models such as the Z10 and Q10, which the company is hoping will revive its fortunes.

The release of the Z10 has already helped to give the company an extra financial boost, with its launch coinciding with BlackBerry selling a total of six million phones during the last quarter.

The Q10 is yet to hit the market in the US, but is already available in both the UK and Canada, while the Z10 is the first device to offer the new BlackBerry 10 platform.

The decision to approve BlackBerry 10 devices is sure to give the company an edge over its competitors, despite the DoD also approving Samsung’s Knox platform.