RIM unveils device management for Android and iOS


Manufacturer says BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, which can mange rival devices as well as its own, is a response to increased diversity of devices in work

RIM has unveiled a mobile device management system designed to help firms manage estates of devices running on Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS, as well as the firm’s own BlackBerry platform.

Called BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, the new system combines BlackBerry Enterprise Server, new management capabilities for the firm’s PlayBook tablet, and device management of devices using all three operating systems.

RIM said Fusion will provide devices running any of the three operating systems with a range of features, including remote locking and wiping, applications and software management, connectivity management, security policy management and configuration management.

Fusion will also still allow BlackBerry devices to be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

RIM said that the increasing diversity of devices used in work, driven partly by more employees using their own devices in work and for work purposes, was driving demand for device management services.

RIM enterprise management vice president Alan Panezic said: “We are pleased to introduce BlackBerry Mobile Fusion – RIM’s next generation enterprise mobility solution – to make it easier for our business and government customers to manage the diversity of devices in their operations today.

“BlackBerry Mobile Fusion provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organisations.”