BlackBerry signs 1-year deal with US security agency

BlackBerry signs 1-year deal with US security agency

​The extent of BlackBerry's recovery in the smartphone market continues to divide experts and onlookers alike. While the hailed as a success by the company, the release of the Android-based Priv has been met with largely mixed reviews, which have in turn affect the phone's sales figures.

BlackBerry has endured a tough time in the mobile hardware market in recent years, but its ability to make impressive mobile software does not appear to have waned.

Despite its latest release representing a shift away from its traditional mobile operating system, BlackBerry remains a hugely respected name when it comes to creating software, as evidenced by its latest deal with the US Government.

This week saw the company sign a one-year agreement with a civilian security agency working with the Pentagon in the US, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

The move, which is widely viewed as sign that the company's software ventures are still strong, will see BlackBerry continue to  provide alerts, messaging, and emergency notification services for a number of US Defense Department buildings across Washington DC, including the Pentagon itself.

The value of the agreement has not yet been disclosed, but BlackBerry is expected to see its services reach out to around 37,000 Department of Defence employees, with reports suggesting there could be the possibility for renewing the contract through 2020 after the first year.

BlackBerry and the Pentagon have shared some strong recent links over the years, with a contract in January 2014 that gave BlackBerry the licence to help set up a innovative new wireless network for US government widely seen as pivotal in helping the Canadian firm's recovery.