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US Government Approves RIM Playbook For Official Use

July 22, 2011

Research in Motion’s (RIM) PlayBook tablet has received Federal Information Processing Standard certification, which will allow the tablet to be deployed within U.S. federal government agencies, according to the BlackBerry maker.

“This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious organizations and enables the U.S. federal government to buy with confidence knowing that the PlayBook meets their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive information,” a statement released by senior vice president Scott Totzke of BlackBerry security at RIM says.

No other tablet currently on the market has achieved such a certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, RIM says ““ not even the Apple iPad.

CNET reports that the certification “is a rare bright spot for a tablet that has stumbled out of the gate.”

RIM’s decision not to include support for e-mail and calendar within the tablet most likely turned away its retail partners as well as consumers, but the company says it plans to fix this glitch.

The producers of BlackBerry said that they had shipped half a million PlayBooks to retailers, but AT&T and Verizon barely have acknowledged the product, leaving the actual number of devices sold unclear, reports CNET.

Nevertheless, supporters of RIM believe that there is still a market for the device, especially within highly secure environments like security-sensitive companies and government agencies.

With RIM’s tight grip of a large majority of enterprise customers with its BlackBerrys, the company could use the relationship to push the PlayBook.

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