BlackBerry Ltd. announced Wednesday a number of initiatives it said will be the “cornerstone” of its “vision to offer end-to-end solutions for the Internet of Things.” The company said in a press release this effort has been codenamed “Project Ion.” Among the things it said it would be doing is establishing a platform that will securely manage the transfer of data across millions of end points involving various devices. The company said its QNX software and enterprise mobility management system would be key to such a platform. "Billions of connections, generating trillions of transactions and exabytes of data daily, will require platforms that can operate securely on a global scale,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in the release. “No other company is in a better position than BlackBerry to provide the technological building blocks, applications and services needed to enhance productivity, improve real-time decision making and deliver on the vision of the Internet of Things." BlackBerry added that it intends to help establish an “Internet of Things ecosystem” by forming partnerships with various carriers and application developers that are “looking to connect an ever-growing number of Internet-enabled devices on a secure public applications platform.” The company added that it would continue forming strategic partnerships with organizations that are key to the growth of the Internet of Things, such as memberships already in place with the Industrial Internet Consortium and the Application Developer Alliance.