RIM has announced the launch of an enterprise mobile device management solution that will allow BlackBerry, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets to connect to a network.

Named the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, it will simplify the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry, Android and Apple operating systems. Currently in early beta testing with select enterprise customers, RIM said that it is now accepting customer nominations for the closed beta programme, which will start in January with general availability expected in late March.

According to the company, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together version 5.0.3 of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server for BlackBerry smartphones and offers management capabilities for BlackBerry PlayBook tablets built on the technology of the Enterprise Server.

These will include asset management, configuration management, security and policy definition and management, remote locking and wiping for lost devices and application and software management. These features are also offered for smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS operating systems.

Advanced features for BlackBerry smartphones will include BlackBerry Balance technology to support the use of a single device for both work and personal purposes without compromising the organisation's need to secure, manage and control confidential information; and more than 500 IT policies and over-the-air app and software installation and management.

RIM also claimed that BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will introduce self-service functionality for employees to secure lost or stolen BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets.

Alan Panezic, vice-president, enterprise product management and marketing, at RIM, said: “Mobile Fusion brings together our industry-leading Enterprise Server technology for BlackBerry devices with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices, all managed from one web-based console.

“It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organisations.”