BlackBerry unveils single console for mobility management

Good Secure EMM works across mobile OSes, apps and content

BlackBerry has moved ahead with acquisitions and new products as it aims to secure any communications endpoint, including smartphones and cars.

And today the company announced it has created a single secure management platform and console for devices on multiple operating systems as well as for their applications and content.

Called Good Secure EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) Suites, the product integrates BlackBerry tools from its BES12, Good Dynamics and WatchDox by BlackBerry products. It will launch at the end of June; pricing was not announced.

On Monday, the company's AtHoc division released a new version of its crisis communications software, which is designed to help organizations handle campus emergencies with automated steps to replace time-consuming manual approaches.

Emails and other alerts can be quickly generated to the correct recipients with the software, which was used by various agencies in responding to Winter Storm Jonas in January in the eastern U.S.

One update with AtHoc's software package helps response groups use templates to easily designate the severity level of alerts. There is also a new tool to automatically contact staff who have the right skills for a certain emergency; the tool will stop adding respondents when the required number is reached.

BlackBerry acquired AtHoc for its emergency alert software in July 2015. Last September, BlackBerry announced it was buying Good Technology, a competitor in EMM.

Also on Wednesday, BlackBerry said its QNX Software subsidiary has developed 2D and 3D software to support automobile instrument clusters -- a fast-growing area in auto electronics. QNX software already runs in 60 million cars.

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