The most high-profile announcements made at Research In Motion's 2010 Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) were the introduction of BlackBerry OS 6, BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 (MVS 5), and the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphones -- but many RIM partners took the opportunity to make significant product announcements as well.
Verizon Wireless, TeleNav Introduce Business Mobility Products for BlackBerry Enterprise Users
CellCrypt announced the availability of government-grade encryption application for BlackBerry devices on T-Mobile's nationwide cellular network and at T-Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpots worldwide. The solution's FIPS 104-2 encryption allows business executives and government officials to use T-Mobile BlackBerry smartphones for secure, encrypted calling while traveling. The application protects and supports Wi-Fi as well as 2.5G, 3G and 3.5G cellular networks.
Cortado released an update to its Cortado Corporate Server. Version 5.0 supports BlackBerry smartphones with BlackBerry Internet Service, offering a complete solution for integrating personal BlackBerry devices into a company's infrastructure. Employees with personal BlackBerrys can then access shared drives on the corporate network and view, manage, email, print, fax, scan and copy files as needed. A new Active Directory search for network printers also enables a user to find the right printer, regardless of location.
HP demonstrated its recently-announced HP ePrint Enterprise mobile printing solution at the conference. The solution allows users to print directly from their BlackBerry smartphones to printers on their own trusted network as well as those at HP ePrint-support locations. At WES, BlackBerry users were given access to a free demo of HP ePrint, enabling them to search for supported locations and then print documents wirelessly from their BlackBery smartphones.
Kryos Systems updated its Velocity application development platform for the BlackBerry to version 1.5, adding improved email and SMS integration, improved calendar integration, and enhanced customization and branding features. The company also announced a beta release of Velocity Designer for Lotus Domino, which enables administrators to provide remote workers with Lotus Domino database access and simplifies the process of developing BlackBerry apps to access that data.
Mitel, which recently joined the BlackBerry Alliance Program as an Elite Member, announced plans to integrate BlackBerry MVS 5 into its unified communications system. The planned solution, combining the functionality of the company's Mitel Communications Director (MCD) with the mobility features of BlackBerry MVS 5, will support voice over Wi-Fi calling for both fixed and mobile voice communications.
SteelCloud introduced SteelWorks Transporter+, a free tool designed to help companies migrate to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 from previous versions of BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The solution provides a graphical interface that enables administrators to drag and drop users from the legacy domain to the new BlackBerry domain. The solution also allows administrators to test and verify accounts before moving, to move both users and groups, and to consolidate multiple environments into a single domain.
TeleNav announced a new range of business mobility products for Verizon Wireless' enterprise BlackBerry users. The products, TeleNav Track Standard and TeleNav Track Premium, are designed to enable field personnel to manage their work and connect to back office systems using their BlackBerry smartphones. Functionality includes detailed location reporting, mileage capture, customizable mapping, real-time alerting, and more. Both solutions can be paid for via customers' Verizon Wireless bills.
WorldMate announced a partnership with American Express Business Travel to add WorldMate's services to American Express Business Travel's mobile offering for BlackBerry users. Functionality includes automatic itinerary synchronization, pop-up flight alerts, sharing of itineraries with colleagues, social networking tools to help travelers connect with colleagues, and one-click access to American Express Business Travel counselors.