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Technology advances like the release of Android for Work and the growing maturity of enterprise mobile management (EMM) tools mean that bring your own device (BYOD) is becoming an increasingly safe and compelling model for businesses, ERNST WITTMANN of Acatel OneTouch

Today’s employee doesn’t want the enterprise to dictate to him or her which mobile apps and devices to use. Companies that don’t have a formal BYOD policy will struggle to contain the rise of shadow IT in their IT infrastructures and may even battle to attract the best employees.

But sophisticated mobile device management tools mean that companies can protect enterprise data and applications, even when they’re accessed used an individual’s own handset. These tools simplify management of devices across platforms – including iOS, Windows, Android, and BlackBerry – and ownership models – including BYOD, Company Owned Personal Enabled (COPE) and Company Owned Business Only (COBO). The solutions enable IT administrators to manage, provision, and activate devices, administer controls, push mandatory applications, and more.

Containerisation is an important, related concept. This technology creates a dedicated work profile on smartphone that isolates and protects work data and apps. End-users can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and can’t erase or view their personal content.

IT policy controls are applied only to what is included in the container, instead of the entire device. This means the IT department is able to, for example, remotely wipe work data and revoke permissions to work apps if the user resigns without affecting his or her personal data.

With its Android for Work containerisation technology, for example, Google delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps as an integrated part of Android 5.0, Lollipop devices.

Google Play for Work, meanwhile, allows businesses to securely deploy and manage apps across all users running Android for Work.

Google has extended access to Android for Work to older versions of the mobile operating system with an app. It has also partnered with mobile device management partners to give organisations a simple way to manage devices on a single console.

Consumer devices and apps are vulnerable points in the corporate IT environment since they’re easily lost or stolen. Companies cannot put a BYOD strategy in place without the necessary policies and controls to mitigate these risks.

Luckily, the tools to manage BYOD have evolved over the past few years, enabling companies to lock down security while allowing users to be productive on their own devices.

* Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager for Southern Africa at ALCATEL ONETOUCH

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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