Boeing Plans ‘Black’ Secure Smartphone
Boeing said Monday it plans to offer a secure, Android-based smartphone.
The aerospace giant’s plans were contained in an FCC filing and details were posted on the company’s website, although it did not make any kind of formal announcement.
The phone, dubbed Boeing Black, will be available to defense and security customers but not to the general public. It will be based on a modified version of the Android operating system and will support biometric sensors, satellite transceivers, and solar charging.
In a letter that accompanied the filing, Boeing said that the Boeing Black phone “is manufactured as a sealed device both with epoxy around the casing and with screws, the heads of which are covered with tamper proof covering to identify attempted disassemble. Boeing emphasized that “any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.”
Other features include disk encryption for sensitive data storage; hardware root of trust to ensure software authenticity; hardware crypto engine to protect stored and transmitted data; embedded secure components to support trusted operations; trusted platform modules to provide secure key storage; secure boot to maintain device integrity; and hardware modularity to support additional capabilities.