Law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has rolled out 500 BlackBerry 10 devices to its international workforce, along with Enterprise Service 10 mobile management software.

The law firm, which operates in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, chose to test and deploy BlackBerry handsets to its staff in order to support its mobile working strategy. The rollout will consist of a mixture of Q10 and Z10 handsets, BlackBerry said.

“We are excited to be moving forward with the new BlackBerry 10 platform,” said Akin Gump CIO Scott Bravi. “It is important to us that we provide our employees with powerful tools when working remotely, and the new BlackBerry platform, with its ease-of-use, and robust security is a major step forward and a significant part of that strategy.”

BlackBerry recently announced a similar contract to supply its smartphones and management software to another international law firm, Clifford Chance. The contract involved supplying 1,600 devices to the firm.

In a separate announcement from BlackBerry, the company announced that forthcoming release of an ‘over the air’ (OTA) software update solution aimed at the automotive industry.

The Software Update Management for Automotive service enables machine to machine (M2M) communication to enable quick wireless updates to apps for vehicles in the field, also allowing information to be gathered regarding the functionality of a vehicle’s operational systems.

The release is aimed at capitalising on the growth of wireless systems built into cars, allowing manufacturers to deliver new features post-sale.