BB10, the operating system set to replace QNX on Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices, is attracting interest from companies in the healthcare and smart grid industries, according to a story published earlier this week on CNET.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins is reported to have told CNET that healthcare and smart grid businesses have already shown interest in the new operating system and that BB10 could ultimately support devices used across a range of industries.
QNX is currently used in parts of the automotive industry and Heins claims that customers are keen on moving over to BB10, according to CNET.
Heins is also reported to be interested in making more of RIM’s worldwide BlackBerry network, which is something he believes distinguishes it from other device makers. It could, for example, cater to businesses looking for network services that come with security features like authentication. At the moment, RIM’s network is used only to carry wireless traffic sent from BlackBerry devices.
BB10, and the BlackBerry devices that use it, are not set to appear until early next year and in the meantime RIM is struggling to keep up with its rivals. It continues to lose ground to Apple and makers of smartphones that use Google’s Android operating system, and has a marginal presence in the North American market.
The Canadian manufacturer has largely hitched its fortunes to BB10 and is obviously keen to exploit the new operating system in as many ways as possible.