The London Borough of Brent is set to replace its corporate BlackBerry (News - Alert) smartphones with 3,000 new Apple and Android phones and tablets. This transition will take place in order to better secure, monitor and manage mobile devices used by its employees.
The region ultimately decided to work with California-based MobileIron, a company deeply rooted in security and management for mobile apps, documents, and devices that equip field workers with iPads to improve productivity across all public service divisions including transport, education, housing and social care, leisure, and waste management. In addition, through Working with trusted IT partner, Qolcom, London Borough of Brent deployed this robust mobile device management solution across its fleet of iOS devices.
Keith Reading, director of Qolcom said in a statement, “Already many employees are using iPads to send and receive e-mails as well as to access and read documents, hold paperless meetings and take notes in the field – but managing this is only a fraction of what MobileIron can do.”
By leveraging this offering, the council has joined a growing list of over 45 public sector organizations across the U.K. undertaking innovative mobility projects with MobileIron. As more and more mobile devices become ubiquitous, mobile device management is becoming crucial.
Stephan Conaway, CIO at London Borough of Brent, added, “I’ve never agreed with the ‘lockdown’ approach, where IT buys expensive mobile devices for employees and then renders them useless by imposing rigid and oftentimes pointless security measures. A ‘light-touch’ strategy that would focus on supporting user productivity as well as the important aspects of security seemed a better fit for us. We wanted to leave the mobile devices as they were built, but also be able to track them, ensure use of PIN codes and essential security configurations, and to remotely wipe data from them if they were lost or stolen.”
He concluded, “As we add hundreds of new mobile devices, and apps, to our network, MobileIron gives us the peace of mind that we’re not introducing potential problems.”
Edited by Jamie Epstein