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Friday, December 2...

Nokia-Branded Mobile Phones to Return to the Market in 2017
Nokia confirmed that it will once again be entering the mobile phone market in 2017, ~Fierce Wireless~ reported. The announcement revealed that Nokia will team up with HMD Global Oy to release Nokia-branded, Android-based smartphones, as well as feature phones, during the first half of 2017. After Nokia's mobile device business was acquired by Microsoft, the company's own future in the market was seriously in doubt. However, since Microsoft sold its feature-phone assets, originally acquired from Nokia, to HMD and FIH Mobile, the company has decided to re-enter the game. Nokia was an obvious choice for HMD, both due to its well-known branding, and the fact that several former Nokia execs now hold leadership roles in the company, which is also based in Nokia's home country of Finland. Although Nokia will be lending its name to the new devices, its seems like it will have relatively little to do with the actual production, as the planned smartphones will be produced by Foxconn under a 10-year agreement it has in place with HMD.

BlackBerry Chooses Former Coast Guard Cyber Command Chief to Lead FedRAMP Efforts
BlackBerry announced that its new federal Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) and product FedRAMP initiatives will be helmed by Robert E. Day, Jr., a former Rear Admiral in the US Coast Guard. The goal of the new division will be to help BlackBerry's products to achieve FedRAMP and Agency/Component Authority to Operate (ATO) certifications, while also fulfilling BlackBerry's mission to provide required monitoring, compliance reporting, and incident response to subscribers. Since BlackBerry officially left the smartphone market, the company has been increasingly shifting its focus to secured software and platforms, with a strong tendency towards government-facing products. The FedRAMP program provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services used by federal agencies, an important mark of approval for BlackBerry's new target customers. Admiral Day himself is also an obvious choice for the position, having served for five years as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command.

Motorola Solutions Opens Innovation Center in Israel
Motorola Solutions announced the opening of its new Innovation Center in Israel. The goal of the new facility will be to "produce innovative solutions for new challenges governments and public safety agencies are facing around the world." During the opening ceremonies for the Innovation Center, Motorola showcased some of the early prototypes that will be worked on at the location, including a new communication technology for first responders based on a vibrating vest; a context-aware wearable for police that could switch on a body camera when a gun is unholstered; smart object tagging for surveillance systems; and a virtual reality-based command center for law enforcement. The location will be led by Hemi Pecker, the former head of Cyber administration in the Israel Prime Minister's office. The company noted that it will also be hiring "dozens" of additional engineers and developers to help the Innovation Center flourish in its target areas of public safety, intelligence, government, smart cities, and critical infrastructure.

... Michael Gariffo, Faulkner Information Services

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