Australia's national transport safety investigator, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), has migrated to the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES) enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution.

ATSB management, field investigators, and IT support staff have also be equipped with BlackBerry Z10 smartphones, with plans to deploy the Z30 variant later this month.

Mobility a godsend and a nightmare

According to ATSB chief commissioner, Martin Dolan, BlackBerry 10 was selected for "its trusted security, ease of migration and cost-effectiveness which has overall helped the ATSB realise significant savings."

In its operations, ATSB investigation teams utilise email and BlackBerry messenger to communicate and collaborate, and record safety data by filling in forms and taking photos which are sent to the company's database. IT and support teams then conduct critical analysis and research to seek the root of occurrences.

The combination of the service and smartphones enables high security standards against data leakage and unauthorised device access to corporate assets. Security of corporate applications and data stored on personal devices is also embedded with the user interface through BlackBerry Balance technology, which separates corporate and personal content.

"Being able to securely share real-time data from accident sites is crucial to our investigative role," Dolan said.

"With BlackBerry 10, our investigation teams are able to navigate to locations, take and share high-quality photos and collaborate on data from any site they are sent to, all within a network that conforms to the security standards that we need."

The move to BlackBerry's Enterprise Service 10 adds to the existing five-year relationship between ATSB and BlackBerry, he said.

"We see this latest iteration of Blackberry's mobility platform as an enabler of our own technology future, including plans to stream live video from investigations and if we choose to, support a broader range of device types within the organisation."