BlackBerry is selling the vast majority of its real estate holdings in Waterloo. It's also laying off thousands of workers at its Waterloo headquarters. But the City of Waterloo is as committed to the Canadian smartphone maker as ever.
The City of Waterloo this week stated it plans to continue "its long-standing partnership with BlackBerry in innovating and injecting new ideas and technologies to provide valued services that help build the best quality of life for its citizens."
In addition to deploying BES10 and BlackBerry 10 smartphones for its workforce, the City of Waterloo also worked with BlackBerry to develop the Ping Street mobile application on the BlackBerry OS platform. The appprovides Waterloo citizens real-time access to location-based information including garbage and recycling calendars, construction detours, road closures and more.
The City of Waterloo says it has also embraced BBM to stay connected and share secure real-time updates and news with its employees during emergency situations. BBM Groups used during emergencies "sped up response time and drastically improved collaboration and critical communication during emergency incidents."
"BlackBerry 10 devices are by far some of the best business smartphones available," said Max Min, Director of Information Management and Technology Services, City of Waterloo. "While they deliver tangible productivity benefits and iron-clad security standards, our whole crew from planners to bylaw personnel to firefighters can also enjoy all the benefits of a cutting-edge device with all the enterprise apps they need at their fingertips."