As a part of its pivot into safety and computing, software program firm and former smartphone producer BlackBerry has launched a blockchain-powered platform. The new product focuses on the healthcare area, in response to a press launch published Oct. 4.
Per the announcement, BlackBerry has partnered with expertise agency ONEBIO to develop a blockchain-backed “ultra-secure” ecosystem. The system is designed for the storage and sharing of medical information, the place data could be entered by sufferers, laboratories, and Internet of Things (IoT) biometric gadgets. Once entered, information will additional be anonymized and shared with researchers. BlackBerry CEO John Chen mentioned:
“We are making use of our experience in safety, information privateness, and communication work in regulated industries comparable to automotive, monetary companies, and government to sort out one of many largest challenges within the healthcare business: leveraging healthcare endpoints to enhance affected person outcomes whereas making certain safety and information privateness.”
Among different merchandise, BlackBerry has additionally introduced a real-time working system for the event of robotic surgical devices, affected person monitoring methods, and different safety-critical merchandise that should go regulatory approval.
While at one time BlackBerry controlled 50 p.c of the worldwide smartphone market, in 2016 the agency managed lower than 0.1 p.c. While BlackBerry continues to be within the smartphone enterprise — it should release its newest smartphone iteration on Oct. 10 — the current blockchain initiative is indicative of the agency’s transfer into different fields.
Today, BlackBerry additionally announced a brand new quantum-resistant code signing service that can “allow software to be digitally signed using a scheme that will be hard to break with a quantum computer.”