Last year, over winter break, vandals broke into a North Carolina elementary school and attempted to steal digital devices from the instructional technology lab. They took a hammer to the top of the cart, the YES36 Charging Cart for Mini-laptops, because the cart’s doors were securely padlocked. Unfortunately, this event is played out in similar educational institutes around the country. Device security was never a more important topic on IT agendas.
Happily, in the case of this school, the vandals were thwarted. This is one example of why choosing a cart with a tough exterior finish and the sturdy overall construction should be a line item on the “must have” list for a charging system roll out at your school. The top of the cart was damaged (see below) and showed multiple marks, but the school was able to replace just the top to get the cart back to pristine condition and back in operation.
Law enforcement officials warn that break-ins are common, especially during holiday vacations, and that there’s only so much that a school can do to avoid theft and vandalism. Security measures, such as spiked iron fences, iron-shuttered windows, and motion sensors, may stop young pranksters but not professional operators, who have ways of counteracting those safeguards.
So what can a school do to protect its investment in digital technology? First of all, make sure to choose the right solution for your environment, whether it is a wall mount, desktop or cart charging system. In addition, the unit must be tough enough to withstand common educational rigors, such as rough handling by unruly students.
Finally, consider these security features when comparing charging systems:
- Is a standard locking feature enough, or does it need more (keyed door plus padlock, etc.)?
- Does it need additional security brackets that will lock the locking system to the floor or wall?
- Can the unit be rolled into another secured area at night, such as a locking closet?
At Ergotron, we’re always looking for new ways to keep your tablets, laptops, and handheld devices safe, charged, and always ready for use. That way, educators have peace of mind, knowing their edtech investments are well-secured, so they can focus on what they do best – teach.