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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Launches BlackBerry 10 Pilot Program

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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a bit stink in October about dropping BlackBerrys for iPhone support in the future. Now they have announced together with RIM that they are piloting BlackBerry 10 support. They will be among the first in government to test BlackBerry 10 devices and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 for its needs for secure, reliable mobile computing and communication.

Check out the announcement below:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Launch BlackBerry 10 Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA–(Dec. 13, 2012) – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) announced today that it will begin a pilot program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the new BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 mobile enterprise management solution and BlackBerry® 10 smartphones in early 2013. ICE will be among the first government organizations to pilot the new BlackBerry 10 solution.

"ICE has been a valued BlackBerry customer for years, and our commitment to government agencies has influenced the development of the BlackBerry 10 platform." said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security, Research In Motion. "Along with providing workers with secure access to behind-the-firewall confidential information, BlackBerry 10 can help organizations fully leverage the potential of mobile technology to offer new services, improve service delivery and increase organizational productivity. We look forward to sharing more features of the BlackBerry 10 platform at our global launch event on January 30."

RIM recently announced that the BlackBerry 10 platform has received FIPS 140-2 certification ahead of launch. The certification enables government agencies to deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 from the day of launch. RIM first introduced mobile device management solutions more than a decade ago and continues to be a global leader in providing mobility solutions to government agencies.

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  1. Good to see that RIM paid close attention to their corporate customers. They really listened, and they delivered the goods.

  2. I suspect a lot of companies and government agencies will take a second look with BB10. The security, performance and dual personal/company modes make it very attractive now. Now we just need a perfect launch!

    • Beyond that the REAL reason ICE has taken a back step (recall just less than 30days ago they where abandoning BB5 device in favor of iOS/iPhone) … is the fact of cost of ownership for iOS/Android devices using ActiveSync is KILLING$$ their wallet!! ICE employees heavily travel and even with the best corporate rates costs can sky rocket through the roof.

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing how the BB Perimeter will kick the ass out other BYOD solutions.

  4. RIM need to be doing somewhat exact with BB 10 when you’re getting Gov. agencies doing a 2nd take on BB. If it security that they want, then BB is what they are looking for. Go BB go!!

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