BBM Enterprise SDK is now BlackBerry Spark Communications Platform. Learn more, and download it for free at BlackBerry.com/Spark.
Last month, we announced the BlackBerry Spark Communications Platform. Built upon the secure foundation and renowned communications infrastructure of BBM Enterprise, it represents our first foray into the fast-growing Communication-Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) market. And starting today, Spark is available to any developer that wants to securely build enterprise-grade messaging, voice, and video functionality into their applications.
Productivity and efficiency aside, Spark allows developers to integrate the most secure solutions of its kind on the market. There are several reasons for this:
- Each message is encrypted through a PGP-like encryption model in which the sender and recipient each have unique public/private encryption and signing keys chosen by the developer or ISV.
- TLS encryption between any iOS or Android smartphone and BBM’s NOC infrastructure helps protect messages from eavesdropping or manipulation. This encryption can help developers’ apps work with regulations such as HIPAA in the US or the Directive on Data Protection in the EU.
- On-device messages within the ISV app are encrypted through a Triple DES 168-bit scrambling key
- Enterprise-Grade Security with BlackBerry’s renowned NOC architecture built with security in mind to meet the most demanding enterprise needs.
Together, these factors mean that any developer that uses Spark to bake messaging into their applications can rest assured that the functionality is built with security foremost in mind for our partners, where they own and manage the encryption keys used. With Spark, you can focus on integrating BlackBerry’s leading messaging functionality into your apps and giving your enterprise customers access to built-in secure messaging no matter what app their end users are using.
And thanks to BlackBerry’s IP-based network architecture, they’ll also have access to that functionality no matter where they’re using it.
Given the above, it should come as no surprise that the release of Spark has generated praise from analysts and the media. The Next Web says it shows our “serious enterprise software ambitions.” Jack Madden feels the announcement is a great way for us to start 2017, and Industry Analyst Raul Castanon-Martinez of 451 Research notes that it places us in a strong position in the embedded communications market. Meanwhile, our developer partner, Yappn Corp., says “real-time automatic language translation delivered securely becomes possible with Spark and Yappn’s solutions framework integration.”
Imagine an ER physician connecting to a colleague across the globe for a consultation. Imagine an undercover officer coordinating a sting operation with his fellow officers. Imagine a team of designers in geographically-distant offices collaborating on a project without having to back out of their design app.
These are just a few of the things you can do with Spark. And it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what you can do with BlackBerry Dynamics, which gives you access to more than 4,000 certified ISV apps (and counting). We work closely with ISVs, customers, and developers to help you deliver the best experience possible across the board.
And this new release is just one more step that we’ve taken in doing so.