BlackBerry has announced its collaboration with the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to support the mGovernment initiative.
BlackBerry is supporting the TRA to establish a Mobile Center of Excellence, including an application lab within the TRA. According to BlackBerry, this will be the first application lab in the Arab region, located in Dubai, and dedicated to verify the quality and security of mGovernment mobile applications.
BlackBerry will assist in developing applications for the BlackBerry® 10 platform, and provide expert support and training to development teams in the government.
“As strong supporters of the UAE mGovernment’s vision, our legacy in mobile communications and technology can play a pivotal role in making the vision a reality. Through our partnership, we will be providing the TRA with expertise, industry knowledge and best practices built over two decades. We bring expertise from our deep heritage in security, application development, enterprise mobility and interface design based on our experience in 165 countries,” said Dave Pryce, vice president, Government Relations at BlackBerry for EMEA.
BlackBerry is also assisting the TRA in developing Application Labs within universities in the UAE to act as a training hub for students and government employees who want to develop applications.
“Working with students and universities to provide education and knowledge transfer for application development will establish this skill as part of the general curriculum in Business and Computer Science courses. We are fully engaged and committed to supporting the TRA, the mGovernment initiative and UAE citizens” added Pryce.
”The mGovernment Lab is an innovative and unique regional project that ultimately reinforces the UAE’s leadership the field of mGovernment. BlackBerry is a valued partner and its extensive knowledge of enterprise mobility, security and developing secure applications will help to move this project forward,” commented H.E Hamad Obeid Al Mansoori the UAE mGovernment’s director general.