Technology firm BlackBerry says it intends to expand its product catalogue beyond its current line of Android-based smartphones.
The company, which has in recent times been manufacturing and marketing phones with the aid of TCL Communication, PT BB Merah Putih and Optiemus Infracom Ltd, has sought to distribute the world’s most secure Android devices since September of last year.
Now, in its next phase of development, the former smartphone giant aims to expand its reach to wearables, tablets, appliances, medical devices and even point-of-sale terminals.
“There is an incredible opportunity for connected devices to improve lives, but to realize its full potential, privacy and security must be embedded in every end point from the start,” says CEO John Chen.
“For example, companies providing medical monitoring devices must protect health data on the device, guarantee it connects securely to the healthcare system, and most importantly ensure that it cannot be hacked.”
Chen adds that a strategy is in place to ensure that BlackBerry will work with a variety of manufacturers to create “BlackBerry branded and co-branded devices”.
With the ‘internet of things’ on the rise, the company aims to take its ‘enterprise of things’ approach to the global marketplace.