NSA develops military-grade smartphone

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EdgeIf you were ever wondering why the BlackBerry wasn’t secure enough for France, you might want to take a look at the Sectéra Edge, the smartphone that’s being developed for the NSA and soldiers in the field. Some of the security features include:

* Secure wireless access to the SIPRNET and NIPRNET
* DoD PKI enabled Common Access Card (CAC) support
* Supports DoD 8100.2 requirements
* Type 1 encrypted storage of classified data
* Can be used inside closed areas with “SCIF-Friendly” mode

On top of that, this thing was built extra-rugged for combat conditions, as seen in their demo video. The Edge works on CDMA, GSM and Wi-Fi, and also plays nice with S/MIME BlackBerry users. Apparently the NSA has ordered up $300-million-worth of these things over the next five years, so if you’re in the U.S. Army, keep your eyes peeled.

  • Black Beauty

    That’s a hellva phone there!

  • Black Beauty

    That’s a hellva phone there!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QS3WAIBEVFXNWI3UXVHOOCO34 Emmanuel

    This has changed now since Research in Motion owns QNX software systems. Research In Motion is moving toward. QNX platform as QNX Neutrino is a very super secured, powerful, multicore, reliable realtime embedded OS on the market. QNX is indeed used in medical equipment, nuclear plants, military defense, automotive, Cisco Systems routers and now the BlackBerry PlayBook. As the QNX realtime Operating System is very secured it is known as “Military Grade Security”.