BlackBerry receives a vote of confidence from a major Australian government department

A major Australian government department has announced it is upgrading to BlackBerry 10 devices, despite an ongoing sale process at the company, in a vote of confidence in the Canadian smartphone maker’s future in Australia.

Federal transport safety watchdog Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has announced it is upgrading to Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 service.

Field investigators will also be equipped with BlackBerry Z10 smartphones, which are set to be upgraded to BlackBerry Z30s from November.

Australian Transport and Safety Bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan says that aside from real-time communications, the devices will be used by field investigators to record safety data by filling in forms and taking photos that are sent to the ATSB’s database.

“With BlackBerry 10, our investigation teams are able to navigate to locations, take and share high-quality photos, and collaborate on data from any site they’re sent to, all within a network that conforms to the high security standards that we need.

“We chose BlackBerry 10 for its trusted security, ease of migration and cost-effectiveness, which has overall helped the ATSB realise significant savings… We see this latest iteration of Blackberry’s mobility platform as an enabler of our own technology future, including plans to stream live video from investigations and if we choose to, support a broader range of device types within the organisation.”

The deal comes after BlackBerry officially announced the release of the 10.2 upgrade of its BlackBerry 10 operating system is being rolled out to BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Q5 users earlier this week, and suggestions Skype could soon be released for the platform.

In September, Canadian tycoon Prem Watsa signed a letter of intent with the company agreeing to buy it for $US4.7 billion, with the company currently investigating other sales options as part of the process.

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