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Fiberlink Helps Keep Railways Safe with Cloud-Based Mobile Device Management


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June 20, 2011

Fiberlink Helps Keep Railways Safe with Cloud-Based Mobile Device Management

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

The United States Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is leveraging Fiberlink’s MaaS360 to accurately and seamlessly track and manage its mobile computing assets. The FRA is responsible for all mobile device management of devices used by their railroad inspectors and regional office personnel across the U.S.

Officials with Fiberlink said that MaaS360 helps FRA to quickly and easily receive detailed information about each device including which operating system and software patch updates are missing, and then deploys them without disrupting the user’s productivity.

 “MaaS360 is a lifeline. We can finally manage our users and systems rather than them managing us,” said Steven Weinacht, field IT operations manager for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in a statement.

“With two-thirds of our workforce set up as full-time remote teleworkers, it was extremely challenging to support them in several critical areas, such as patch management, asset management and bandwidth management,” said Weinacht.

He said that MaaS360 has enabled FRA to address all of these problem areas while moving from a reactive to proactive approach with minimal cost and effort.

Using MaaS360, the FRA and FMCSA have quickly, easily and cost effectively met the United States Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) “Cloud First” policy, well ahead of the required completion date.

Company officials said that MaaS360’s true SaaS (News - Alert) approach enables government agencies the fastest time-to-value in addressing the government’s cloud migration initiative, the goals of which are to increase efficiency and reduce federal operating costs.

According to company officials, Fiberlink’s MaaS360 is already used by hundreds of enterprises and government agencies globally to manage and secure more than one million devices.

“Several federal agencies have turned to MaaS360 for enterprise device management that streamlines operations and saves money in these tight financial times,” said Jeff Ward, vice president of public sector at Fiberlink.

Ward said that MaaS360’s true cloud-based platform enables the FRA, FMCSA and several other agencies to manage the full array of mobile devices—from laptops and desktops to iPads and Androids—instantly delivering comprehensive mobile device management capabilities from a single platform.

Fiberlink, a major player in mobile device management is the creator and developer of cloud-based Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions. The company’s MaaS360 platform enables IT to manage laptops, desktops and smartphones, such as the Android and iPhone (News - Alert), as well as tablet devices such as the iPad, in one system.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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