SOTI MobiControl’s newest update works in real-time to locate indoor devices
London, UNITED KINGDOM – November 10, 2022 – Lost or misplaced mobile devices are a growing issue for UK organisations, compounded by the fact that most lack the ability to accurately track equipment indoors. To address this challenge, SOTI launched Indoor Location as part of SOTI MobiControl, which works in real-time to locate devices indoors.
Organisations that lack visibility into the indoor locations of devices are operating at a disadvantage and risk unnecessary downtime due to not having critical workplace technologies available. Locating a lost device takes time and requires the retracing of steps, which is not always an accurate, efficient or reliable process. In the UK, 39% of workers admit to taking items from their place of work – a staggering 10 million employees. A further 36% of employees lose mobile phones, which cost £550 to replace per individual on average.
“It is clear that not being able to effectively locate or manage devices can cause businesses to face financial strain and experience a decrease in productivity. In various industries, that could mean a tablet lost in a retail outlet, a handheld scanner lost in a transportation and logistics (T&L) warehouse or a smartphone lost in a healthcare facility,” said Faki Saadi, Director of Sales, France, UK and Ireland at SOTI.
“Beyond the direct cost of replacing a mobile device needed for an employee to complete their workplace critical tasks, the downtime associated with not having the right equipment available is significant,” Saadi added.
The SOTI MobiControl Indoor Location tracking solution works in real-time to locate devices indoors, meaning an organisation can track managed and unmanaged devices inside the four walls of its facility. The solution leverages Wi-Fi infrastructure and Cisco CMX to provide a variety of unique location services indoors.
Indoor Location helps organisations find, manage and track mobile device assets indoors through a visually-driven and easy-to-use dashboard. If the device is online, it will show its current location (accurate up to three feet). If the device is offline, it will display its last known location.
With Indoor Location, organisations can also protect the health of employees and the safety of data. For example, if someone enters a hazardous area (such as a forklift crossing zone in a warehouse), they will receive an alert on their device instructing them to leave the area immediately. If someone enters a room to meet with external guests, the device locks down to prevent the accidental exposure of sensitive data.
Organisations can create indoor geofences and exclusion zones with Indoor Location. Indoor geofences let managers take automatic actions or receive notifications based on devices entering or exiting the geofence. This means organisations can set up exclusion zones around areas where they do not want to track the device (washrooms, for example) to protect worker privacy.
Historical travel patterns for a device can also be easily viewed with Indoor Location so managers can see where a device travels within a facility, including where it starts, the direction of travel, stops it made along the way and how long it has taken to arrive at its current location.
“Being able to better locate missing devices, organisations can streamline processes. With SOTI MobiControl, businesses can easily identify the location of a missing device and any bottlenecks in device movement to prevent the continued slowing of workflows,” concluded Saadi.
SOTI is the world’s most trusted provider of mobile and IoT device management solutions, with more than 17,000 enterprise customers and millions of devices managed worldwide. SOTI’s innovative portfolio of solutions and services provides the tools organisations need to truly mobilise their operations and optimise their mobility investments. SOTI extends secure mobility management to provide an integrated solution to manage and secure all mobile devices and connected peripherals in an organisation. For more information, visit soti.net.