Absolute Software has added GPS tracking to its laptop theft-recovery and asset-tracking service.
The availability of geolocation tracking for Computrace will allow
asset managers to track GPS-enabled laptops to within ten metres and
view their location using Google Maps technology. The technology will
also speed recovery of missing or stolen computers, being easier to use
than previous IP address-based tracking technology.
The technology uses embedded GPS receivers to acquire latitude and
longitude location information from remote computers. This data, sent
when the machines are connected to the internet, is then displayed on
Absolute's web-based IT asset management portal, showing the current or
historical location of a piece of kit.
Use of the technology means that salesmen may no longer be able to
claim that they are visiting client premises rather than sneaking down
the pub. The upside is that the lives of managers - particularly in the
increasingly frequent cases where laptops are lost or stolen - is made
a lot easier.
Other aspects of Computrace allow the remote deletion of sensitive
information for regulatory compliance and the detection of hardware
changes or prohibited software installations. Absolute's investigative
team can be wheeled out to physically recover lost or stolen computers,
and to work out what changes have been made to purloined PCs once they
Computrace software is embedded in the firmware of computers from
the the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and Fujitsu. The agent is
designed to withstand operating system re-installations, as well as
hard-drive reformats, replacements and re-imaging. Subscriptions run
for terms ranging from one to four years.
Geolocation tracking is available to Computrace customers at no extra cost on supported GPS receivers (list here). Use of a Qualcomm UNDP-1 (Gobi) wireless module is listed as a system requirement.