US Immigration Customs Enforcement axes Blackberry deal

first_imgThe US Customs agency has decided to deport its deal with Research in Motion back into Canada. The group will not renew its contract to provide its employees with Blackberries. They will be replaced with a massive order for thousands and thousands of iPhones.The US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security, also considered switching to Android, but found the concerns of an open-source operating system, with limited control over application security, troublesome. The contract with Apple was officially inked last month but was just recently made public.What’s interesting is that the story of a giant organization ditching Blackberry in support of a new smartphone platform isn’t truly worthy of making a big headline anymore. That may have been the case a couple years ago, but these days it seems about as surprising as a company upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 — it’s just the normal thing to do in this smartphone environment.When it comes to government agencies, though, any kind of switch like this is more significant. It took many of them a while to feel confident enough to expose their sensitive information to a Blackberry, and while that hasn’t changed product demands most certainly have. RIM simply has not been able to keep up with the new trends in the industry. In addition, because the market has radically shifted away from the BlackBerry, ICE says it is no longer meets the demands of its agents.RIM issued a statement saying that it is “committed to the mobility needs” of government agencies. It did not directly address the loss of the ICE contract.More at FBO.gov, via Computerworldlast_img

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