Absolute Software is to launch a closed beta of its Computrace Mobile solution for the Android platform.
It said that its new solution will deliver asset administration, data protection and geolocation tracking for the Android line of devices.
Following the launch of its Manage Mobile Device Management (MDM) for Apple iOS 4 devices last year, it said that Computrace Mobile for the Android platform will offer an additional layer of data protection through remote data delete capabilities. It also said that it will continue the capability to geolocate a device and display it on an internet map, including current and historical locations.
According to Absolute Software, when embedded in the firmware of computers from leading manufacturers, Computrace can survive operating system re-installations, as well as hard-drive reformats, replacements and re-imaging. The company said it is virtually undetectable and calls home to the Absolute Monitoring Center with IT asset management information, including the physical location of each device.
If a device is reported stolen, the Absolute theft recovery team works on behalf of the customer to gather evidence from the computer to identify the thief's location, and then works with local police to get the computer back.
Rob Chase, chief operating officer at Absolute Software, said: “Our customers are facing the growing challenge of managing multiple platforms. In this complex environment, IT organisations need a unified solution that allows them to track and protect multiple devices on different platforms across the entire organisation. Computrace Mobile delivers that capability to organisations, providing them with a complete view into their mobile landscape.
“As our customers strive to get the most out of their mobile computing investments, our solution will provide them with a single pane of glass for the visibility and protection they need to reduce operational costs and losses due to loss, data breach compliance and inefficient allocation.”
Computrace Mobile for the Android platform has been released into a closed beta and will be made generally available in the second quarter of 2011.