Samsung said to be near deals to supply devices to FBI, Navy
Formerly the territory of BlackBerry, the contracts would be Samsung’s
first U.S. government deals since winning Pentagon security approval
earlier this year.
Samsung is reportedly close to completing its first deals to supply
devices to U.S. government agencies since winning Pentagon security
approval earlier this year.
The South Korean electronics giant is negotiating a large deal
for its devices with the FBI and a smaller one with the Navy, people
familiar with the matter tell The Wall Street Journal
. With the deals, Samsung is going after a business long dominated by BlackBerry.
Info-Pc has contacted Samsung for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
In the past, BlackBerry has enjoyed many exclusive contracts with
different U.S. government agencies, but the company has had a tough go
of it for the past year regarding government contracts. In October, the
Pentagon announced it was planning to open up its exclusive BlackBerry contract to other device makers. That same month, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced it would replace all of its BlackBerry devices with Apple’s iPhone.
As with BlackBerry 10 devices, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 won Pentagon approval
earlier this year for use by U.S. government and military departments
that tap into the Department of Defense networks, which require high
The Journal’s sources said the devices will come equipped with Knox, an additional layer of security software Samsung introduced earlier this year
that separates personal and corporate data. The “container” system
includes AES 256-bit encryption, the ability to create a virtual private
network connection through a single app, and improved mobile device