Boeing, the longtime defense contractor and airplane maker, has teamed up with Blackberry on a deal to continue development on the high security Black Phone. Boeing, who has been working on the security device for the past couple of years, seems to feel that Blackberry’s years of experience with mobile security in the enterprise area will add even more safety to the to the device, which is likely to be sold almost exclusively to government agencies. Though the phone will also be available for purchase by commercial companies, if those companies are engaged in “contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security”.
Blackberry CEO John Chen said in a conference call, “We’re pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform.” Adding, “That, by the way, is all they allow me to say.”
Based on an FCC filing, the dual-sim device will support GSM, WCDMA and LTE, via micro SIM cards and have an HDMI port to allow for connection to a TV. It will also have USB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in. The phone is expected to include biometric sensors to allow configuration to fingerprint scanners and satellites.
Now, here is where we begin the Mission Impossible scenario. The phone will have no serviceable parts and any attempt to at servicing or replacing the parts will result in the phone’s self-destruction. Boeing says that “Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.”
More and more, we’re watching the technologies that we’ve seen in movies and on TV come to life. If they make our country and its agencies safer and more secure, I’m all for it.