Everything’s connected. Whether it is a person, document, equipment kit, or a mobile device, your company's productivity will suffer if a business asset isn’t ready and available when you need it. Therefore, you need tools that automate and optimize how your people use your essential assets.
Smart lockers, sometimes called mobile device lockers, or laptop lockers, are one such tool, and many organizations are finding that they’re an effective solution to the problem of physically managing their mobile devices. This article explores how smart lockers work, how they can improve mobile device management, and some of the best practices you should follow for managing your mobile devices.
What Are Smart Mobile Device Lockers?
To understand smart lockers, you first need to understand smart technology more broadly. Smart technology is any piece of traditional business or consumer equipment that now carries an integrated computer and sensor network. That computer network can monitor, analyze, and change that device’s performance.
A smart locker is a storage system with just such an integrated network. These systems can monitor and control the devices you store in them. For example, you can control who signs out devices, how and when they’re allowed to return them, and set conditions on their use. You can also present users with customized checklists at signout and return so you have better control over the business processes within which your staff use mobile devices.
Smart lockers are also an effective business security tool, as, just like your mobile devices, they sit right at the critical cyber-physical security intersection. They provide real-time network-based monitoring and alerts for physical devices. And vice versa, layers of physical security for networked mobiles equipment.
Smart locker system components
Smart locker systems are composed of several key components that come together to become something greater than the sum of each part.
How Smart Lockers Improve Mobile Device Management and Security
Managing mobile devices can be a challenge. The right mobile device management locker system provides many benefits.
Mobile device lockers offer fully-automated transactions. That means no manual labor and faster operations. Staff members that were previously tied up with equipment management can now use their time doing more productive work.
Human error is an ever-present problem in manual business processes, including mobile device management. An automated system will always keep accurate records of who signed out which device, when they returned it, and what condition it was in.
The smart technology embedded in locker systems automates routine work and also enables entirely new workflows, thanks to new capabilities provided by content surveillance sensors and the access panel interface. For example, employees can be required to log any damages when they deposit a handheld scanner or other mobile device. If they report something wrong, the locker system can send an automated alert to tech support and lock down the scanner, so no one else signs it out.
Best Practices for Mobile Device Physical Security
Using smart lockers to improve your mobile devices' physical security and management is a good start. Still, you can do many other things to improve how your organization protects your mobile devices. We think every organization should follow five best practices for mobile device physical security.
Mobile Device Security Protects Your Entire Organization
Mobile devices are essential components of many business workflows. They need the same security and management level that other essential assets get in a business environment. Smart lockers are just one excellent tool for automating mobile device security and management.
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About the Author
Vice President of Marketing
Jay oversees marketing and strategic partnerships at Real Time Networks and has over three decades of experience in leadership roles in the financial services and technology industries.