Swedish local authority cuts school laptop theft by 85% with Absolute Software

BACKGROUND
One of Kristinehamns Kommun’s roles is to provide Integrated
Computer Technology (ICT) services to schools. In 2010, the
authority launched an IT programme to provide every senior
school student and teacher with a laptop to enhance learning.
These devices are used for school work, information research and
communicating with staff and other students.
The aim was to provide students with a computer for their senior
school life and allow them to use the device outside as well as
inside school. But the benefits and unrestricted mobile use of
laptops presented Kristinehamns Kommun with a security problem.

THE CHALLENGE
Once the laptops had been distributed, the authority found there
was a growing problem with lost and stolen devices. During the
initial two-year period, 1,500 laptops were deployed and around 52
of them disappeared resulting in a potential loss in hardware costs of about $72,000. Most devices were never recovered – and although insurance was in place it did not always cover the loss or theft since the authority could not ensure laptops were properly secured outside
the school environment.