TORONTO (Reuters) – The tablet PlayBook developed by Research in Motion has been approved by the U.S. authorities for use by federal agencies of the United States, announced the Canadian group on Thursday.
“(…) This certification allows the U.S. government to buy with confidence the PlayBook, knowing that IT meets its criteria for the protection of sensitive data,” said Scott Totzke, responsible for security at RIM.
According to RIM, the PlayBook is the first tablet to receive this certification, for which Apple filed the application for the iPhone and iPad.
Title RIM closed up 4.8% on Nasdaq at 27.92 dollars. Since the beginning of the year, the action RIM has lost nearly half its value because of disappointing results and investor sentiment that Canadian products are not equal to those of its competitors.
The standard to which the PlayBook was approved, called FIPS 140-2, is used to assess the safety of mobile phones and IT infrastructure in preparation for use by agencies like the FBI.