BlackBerry signs 1,800 smartphone deal with mental health trust


Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust to roll out 700 BlackBerry Z10s during April and May, followed by the remaining 1,100 smartphones throughout the year

BlackBerry has signed a deal with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) that will see it roll-out 1,800 BlackBerry Z10 smartphones across its business this year.

During April and May, it will roll out 700 of them running on the new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, with an additional 1,100 devices set to roll out during the rest of the year.

More than 100 UK and public sector organisations, including BT, Centrica, The Co-Operative Group and University Hospital Birmingham are currently trialling BlackBerry 10.

BSMHFT head of technical services Stephen Asante-Boakye said: “BlackBerry has been our mobile enterprise solution of choice for a number of years and we’re committed to a full-scale BlackBerry 10 deployment. The combination of BlackBerry’s tried and trusted security and manageability with the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone gives us confidence that we can continue to deliver a best-in class mobile enterprise experience, which ultimately enables the delivery of a better service to our patients.”

The deal comes as BlackBerry is currently holding an event for more than 1,000 UK enterprise customers and developers at the ExCel in London today, showcasing the benefits of the BlackBerry 10 platform.

Attendees at the BlackBerry Enterprise Forum will learn how the manufacturer’s new suite of products, solutions and services work seamlessly to enable enterprises to easily deploy, manage and secure BYOD and corporate mobile devices.

The event will also feature customer presentations from the likes of Aviva and keynote speeches from public sector BlackBerry customer Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), which has announced that it will deploy 1,800 BlackBerry Z10 smartphones (pictured) across its business.

BlackBerry UK and Ireland managing director Rob Orr said: “BlackBerry is the tried and trusted mobile enterprise solution for public and private sector organisations. For more than a decade, our unrivalled expertise in delivering best-in-class solutions has made BlackBerry the gold standard in enterprise mobility management, which is again reflected in the phenomenal response that we’ve seen to date with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

“Today, we’ll show attendees how BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is the best solution for providing maximum usability and functionality for the end-user, without compromising on the security and manageability that enterprises need and so strongly associate with BlackBerry.”