Samsung Electronics South Africa and Absolute Software have partnered to offer a traceability feature in selected Samsang tablets targeted for schooling use. The initiative can be taken as displaying Samsung’s hunger for the emerging tablet for schooling market which promises to be a multi-billion dollar affair.
In a statement released this week the companies said the Absolute Computrace solution should afford peace of mind to schools, learners and parents about security of tablets which are finding increasing use in South African schools but are targeted by criminals.
The Absolute Computrace is embedded technology available on a select range of Samsung devices. The statement said once it is loaded and the subscription is activated, the Absolute Computrace agent is self-healing and persistent. This means that if the tablet has been stolen and all the data has been wiped and the Android Operating System re-installed, Absolute Computrace will re-activate automatically, ensuring the device can be tracked and managed as long as the device is connected to the internet.
The statement said unlike other track and trace solutions that require an application to always be installed on the device, Absolute Computrace is embedded within the firmware on a select range of Samsung tablets – including the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1″ device – thus allowing Absolute Computrace to survive a factory reset, ensuring the device is always tracked and managed for customers who subscribe to the service.
The potential of the emerging tablet for schooling market is displayed in the energy of Gauteng MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi, in his one child one tablet campaign.