Vodafone steps into mobile device management

Vodafone steps into mobile device management

Telco providing system to manage enterprise mobile fleets, offers security features.

Vodafone New Zealand has announced its Vodafone Secure Device Manager product, which will put the telco's foot in the potentially lucrative mobile device management (MDM) business. Vodafone Secure Device Manager manages a company’s mobile devices from an online dashboard, and allows it enforce security policies such as passwords, and operating system upgrades on devices.

The dashboard can also remotely lock and track employee devices using GPS, and has the functionality to completely wipe the data stored on it.

Managers can set limits on roaming costs, to reduce the chances of receiving “bill shock”.

The platform supports Apple and Android devices.

Becky Lloyd, GM of business marketing at Vodafone, says the MDM product is a response to CIO’s having difficulty managing increasingly disparate devices, and facing the challenge of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend.

“Connected, smart devices are enabling our customers to develop whole new ways of working with their staff and customers. This is a really positive step for businesses – but it does present some new challenges from a support and management point of view,” says Lloyd.

“For example, some employees may want to use their own personal smart device in the workplace, but organisations have been reluctant to allow this to happen until now. As businesses mobilise towards being real time enterprises, work will become an activity and not a place.”

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