Android In The Enterprise
Notwithstanding the current seeming infatuation with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), there are real concerns over using mobile devices in an Enterprise setting - particularly Android powered devices. The RIM Blackberry devices have a history of being embraced in such environments, because they can be centrally managed, and even remotely wiped if they are stolen or mislaid - an important consideration if sensitive corporate information is at stake. A start-up company based in Boston, MA - Optio Labs - has produced a customized version of Android that provides an interesting way of controlling access to sensitive data.
TechnologyReviewThe technology’s most unusual trick is its room-specific security and access settings: the phone would only show you sensitive company data—or conversely, block things like e-mail, camera, or texting functions—when in range of a Bluetooth beacon sending a cryptographic tether.