The new HP Elitebook Folio 1020 laptops provide now a new series of security solutions in case they are stolen or lost. Hewlett-Packard has recently incorporated in all their Elitebook Folio 1020 devices a latest generation “always on” feature that allows these machines to be tracked wherever they are even if their OS had been shut down. This feature is increasingly popular among smartphones and laptops.
The “always on” ability allows the device’s owner to track down his/her laptop, find its location with GPS technology and ask a remote system administrator to wipe all data on its hard-drive for security reasons.
The technology behind this fast tracking feature is HP’s dedicated service to trace mobile-devices called Web-based Touchpoint Manager. Also, the devices have an ARM processor that is always on and can be easily detected by GPS systems. After the lost or stolen laptop is located the Touchpoint Manager can start sending alerts and even remotely wipe all information stored on the local hard-drive.
The Remote Secure functionality will require an additional app called LANDesk Management Suite 9.5 SP1 which is sold separately, Windows 8.1 and WWAN or GPS functionality.
John Groden, HP Director of Product Management for business notebooks, said the new Folio 1020 suite is designed to be compatible with BYOD (bring your own device) protocols. BYOD is an IT protocol that allows employees of a company use their personal mobile devices (laptops, notebooks, smartphones or tablets) to access company data and systems. This protocol is becoming more and more popular since employers noticed their employees are working faster on a device they are accustomed with. Additionally, employees often upgrade their personal devices to latest hardware and software than their company would. So, companies also benefit from cost savings by shifting these costs to their employees.
HP Elitebook Folio 1020 laptops are also extremely thin and ergonomic – they are about 15 millimeters thick and weight up to a maximum 1.2 kilo. Their 9 hours battery autonomy makes these laptops very useful for full-time employees at their work places.
The new HP business laptops come in two models – The HP EliteBook 1020 Standard Edition and the HP EliteBook 1020 Special Edition. They both have solid-state hard drives, high resolution webcams (720p), Broadwell Intel Core chips and no fans. The standard model weights about 1.2 kilos (2.68 lbs), while the elite model weights only 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) – due to its special mixture of magnesium and lithium alloy and carbon fiber.
Pricing and availability will be revealed in February for standard models and April for elite models.