BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has announced the launch of a free cloud-based service that helps small businesses manage and protect up to 100 BlackBerry devices.
The BlackBerry Management Centre enables businesses to manage company or employee-owned smartphones in the cloud and also provides protection for business content saved on lost or stolen handsets.
RIM says that the new service is designed for businesses with multiple BlackBerry smartphones that access email services from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or web-based email services like Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo.
RIM enterprise product management VP Alan Panezic said: ‘We are pleased to introduce RIM’s latest cloud service designed specifically for small businesses. BlackBerry Management Center is a free service and an effective way to manage and support employees’ BlackBerry smartphones in the cloud.’
Meanwhile, business customers using the service can also benefit from automatic wireless backup of BlackBerry smartphones on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, as well as lost handset location by remotely locking the phone, which initiates a loud ring and displays a message on the home screen.