As part of the company’s key plan in the areas of computing and security, the former smartphone manufacturer and software company, Blackberry, has unveiled a blockchain-based platform.

Following a press release issued by the company on Oct 4th, the new platform will focus on healthcare.

According to the announcement, Blackberry has signed a partnership deal with technology company ONEBIO to create a blockchain-based ultra-secure system. This system will help in the storage and sharing of medical information, where data can be entered by laboratories, patients, and IoT (Internet of Things) biometric devices. Furthermore, the system will make the data anonymous before sharing it with researchers.

Blackberry CEO (John Chen) said that the company is applying its expertise in data privacy, security, and communication across a range of industries. That includes financial services, automotive, and government, all in a bid to tackle the biggest challenge in the healthcare sector; leveraging endpoint data to improve patients' information without compromising data privacy and security.

BlackBerry has also unveiled a real-time operating system to aid in the development of patient monitoring systems, robotics surgical instruments, and several other safety products that need to pass the regulatory approval.

While at one point Blackberry was directing more than 50% of the smartphone market, it was controlling less than 0.1% in 2016. Today, the company remains active in the smartphone market, and it is expected to release its latest smartphone creation on Oct 10. However, its recent blockchain initiative indicates that the firm is moving into other fields.

Earlier today, Blackberry announced the launch of a new platform – a quantum-resistant code signing – that will digitally sign software using the scheme to make it hard to forge with a quantum computer.

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