BlackBerry-Based Smart Card Reader to Be Launched

LONDON -- Research In Motion Ltd. rimm said it will launch a smart card reader for the BlackBerry that enables controlled access to BlackBerry devices using Bluetooth technology and advanced AES-256 encryption. The card reader is scheduled for beta release in July. Strategic consulting firm SRA International Inc. srx will work with the company to deploy the BlackBerry smart card reader within government organizations, Research In Motion said. SRA said the card offers a "secure mobile experience for public sector organizations using smart cards for identification and authentication, such as the Department of Defense Common Access Card."