Brent device plan to boost efficiency
London council to replace BlackBerrys with up to 3,000 Apple and Android devices
The London borough of Brent is to equip staff with up to 3,000 iPhones and Android phones and tablets to replace its corporate BlackBerry smartphones.
It plans to start by deploying 200 iPhones, but has predicted that this will increase to 500 over the next nine months.
Some of the council's staff already use iPads to send and receive email, access and read documents, hold meetings, and take notes in the field.
"Being able to deploy iPads securely has been a huge productivity boost for our staff," said Stephan Conaway, CIO at Brent.
The council wants to equip more of its staff with iPads, with the intention of improving productivity across all public service divisions including transport, education, housing and social care, leisure, and waste management.
"We had previously tried to have case workers carry laptops around with them, but that wasn't very convenient," said Conaway.
The council is using MobileIron software with the intention of providing security for the devices.
Conaway said: "As we add hundreds of new mobile devices, and apps, to our network, MobileIron gives us the peace of mind that we're not introducing potential problems.
"But if we ever need to step up to more stringent levels of security, we can do that with the flick of a switch."