According to Kevin Sherrill, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools' Director of Information Technology, "The job of managing computers for staff and students in a large district really is the perfect storm. The need to be accountable for IT spending in schools has never been more important while at the same time, we're moving to highly-portable laptop computers that are incredibly resource-intensive to inventory and administer. Regulatory compliance is another factor for us. Absolute's Computrace technology uniquely addresses these issues and really makes my job easier. We can remotely inventory computers whenever we want, get a snapshot of the software installed and do our best to stretch the working lives of laptops to the maximum. A product like this is a must-have for districts that are using laptops to extend the learning day."
Formed in 1963 with the merger of the city and county school systems, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools serves about 51,000 students with the goal of providing a quality education for each child. It is the fifth-largest school system in North Carolina and one of the top 100 largest districts in the United States. The school system has 40 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 11 high schools. Eight special schools bring the system-wide total to 74.
One of the district's unifying values is that all students and staff must have access to emerging technology. True to this mission, the district makes extensive use of laptop and desktop computers as well as RIM(R) BlackBerry(R) smartphones.
Calming the Perfect Storm: Laptop Management With Computrace
Absolute's Computrace solutions address a K-12 school IT administrator's top three headaches: knowing where computers are, making sure they're performing and protecting them from theft. With the advanced reporting provided by Absolute's products, district administrators can instantly inventory computers and their hardware and software configuration regardless of whether they are in the library or across the country with travelling students and staff. Administrators can also ensure that computers remain in top condition by detecting tampering, unauthorized software installations - even receive alerts for out-of-date antivirus software.
If a computer is stolen, the Absolute Theft Recovery Team can locate it and lead police to thieves - reducing the criminal element that threatens student safety. And, when it comes time for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to call all 25,000 computers back at the end of the school year, IT administrators can send a message to tardy students via Computrace asking them to return the assigned computer.
How Absolute's Computrace Solutions Work
The Computrace Agent that powers Absolute Software's solutions is embedded in the firmware of computers from the world's leading computer manufacturers right at the factory or it can be installed by the customer.1It is activated when customers purchase a subscription ranging in length from one to four years.
Embedded in the firmware of computers for extreme tamper-resistance, Absolute's technology regularly communicates with the Absolute Monitoring Center servers to report each computer's location and attributes. School district IT administrators can access this detailed information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a secure web-based portal called the Absolute Customer Center.
If a computer is stolen, the Absolute Theft Recovery Team can use location information sent by the computer and forensically mine it using a variety of procedures including key captures, registry scanning, file scanning, geolocation, and other investigative techniques to determine who has the computer and how it is being used. Absolute then works with local law enforcement to help recover the computer.
For more information on Absolute Software and its range of computer theft recovery, data protection and IT asset management solutions, please visit www.absolute.com or www.lojackforlaptops.com.
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