BlackBerry Ltd. Wants to Help You Manage the Internet of Things

For BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) , "Project Ion" is central to the future of the business. Fool contributor Tim Beyers explains the implications in the following video.

In a press release issued in time for an O'Reilly tech conference last week, BlackBerry announced plans to offer a comprehensive platform for accessing and analyzing data. Smartphones are a small part of the equation, it seems.

CEO John Chen explained the rationale in a statement issued with the "Project Ion" news:

Billions of connections, generating trillions of transactions and exabytes of data daily, will require platforms that can operate securely on a global scale. No other company is in a better position than BlackBerry to provide the technological building blocks, applications and services needed to enhance productivity, improve real-time decision making and deliver on the vision of the Internet of Things.

An ambitious goal, to be sure, especially when multiple researchers peg the Internet of Things as the next big problem in need of solving. Business Insider pegs the number of connected devices growing from 1.9 billion last year to 9 billion by 2018. Gartner puts the installed base at 26 million by 2020. Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO  ) estimates the long-term revenue opportunity at $19 trillion. No wonder Chen is making "Project Ion" a priority!

And yet BlackBerry's positioning may not resonate with buyers. Sure, security is always important. But when it comes to managing the massive volumes of data flowing across the Internet of Things, robust tools for collecting and analyzing information -- data that can later be secured -- is likely to be the more important factor in deciding on a purchase, Tim argues.  

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you see BlackBerry profiting from the rising influence of the Internet of Things? Why or why not? Please watch the video to get the full story and then leave a comment to let us know your take, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Google stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On May 27, 2014, at 5:26 PM, devvvv wrote:

    yes at one time Blackberry was the state of the art pertaining to security. Now all rivals are just as secure as Blackberry. Google, Samsung including Apple is into security and the internet of things. Blackberry has downsized its employees and I believe QNX employees were also impacted by the downsize. I sat down with a friend ( engineer) of Apple and was told that Apple is into new solutions pertaining to security solutions, this includes new encryption type protection that may deem Blackberry's somewhat obsolete. How can Blackberry keep up with this when they are firing very valuable employees??

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Tim Beyers

Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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