Tracking Laptops

Brunelle, Mary H. (Library) mbrunelle at ASSUMPTION.EDU
Tue Jul 29 09:34:12 EDT 2014

Hi, Jackie:

We are looking into geolocation tracker software on our laptops and tablets.  I have asked around, and everyone seems to suggest Absolute Software: .  We are just getting a price quote now, so I cannot say how well it works yet.

Mary Brunelle
Assumption College

From: Jacqueline Radebaugh [mailto:radebaugh_jacqueline at COLUMBUSSTATE.EDU]
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 10:28 AM
Subject: Tracking Laptops

Dear Colleagues,

My institution is opening a new cafe in the library.  There will be two doors for the cafe that are open to the public:  one that provides access from the outside and one that provides access from the inside of the library.  Because of this, students will be able to take the library's laptops (we loan them out to students to use) outside of the cafe.

We secure the laptops with magnetic strips.  Although this is a good solution, we do not think that we will be able to have someone in the cafe to monitor what comes and goes from it.

We worry that once outside, we will not be able to manage access to the laptops.  We were thinking about using GPS Tracker devices to help us to track the laptops.  However, they are too large and expensive.

Do you have any ideas about what we should do?  Is there a lightweight solution to this problem?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Best wishes,

Jackie Radebaugh

Associate Professor of Library Science
Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian
Simon Schwob Memorial Library
Columbus State University
Columbus, GA

Phone:  706-507-8693<tel:706-507-8693>
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