'Uber for tablets' - multi device sharing from a box
The sharing economy
Sharing of individual cars, homes and other resources has exploded over the last few years, driven by the ease-of-use and ubiquity of mobile devices and web-based tools.
Surprisingly, that sharing model has not reached mobile devices themselves.
That is up until now, with a new Newport News, VA-based company called Go-Box.
The emphasis of mobile device makers, has traditionally been “one each”, much as for cars, PCs, or indeed any consumer goods. Have 100 or 1,000 people? Easy, buy 100 or 1,000 devices!
Is sharing appropriate?
In fairness, neither individuals nor organizations want to share private and confidential information, wait for potentially slow OTA profile syncing, or struggle with the overheads of complex on-device software.
In the majority of consumer and organizational use cases, “one each” is the right answer. However, there are a number of use cases in government and enterprise where sharing is appropriate, for example, where
- Work is divided into shifts
- Data is sensitive and needs to stay in the workplace and be securely managed
- OTA connectivity is limited, or undesirable
Go-Box makes sharing tablets easy, delivering on-demand tablets with the apps, data and settings that users need.
Management is web-based. Data confidentiality and syncing are managed as part of the charging cycle rather than with on-device software or OTA syncing. After all, even Uber cars need to be refueled, or Airbnb homes cleaned.
Mobile devices are different in kind than PCs
The issues of sharing were successfully resolved decades ago for PCs.
PCs are plugged into fast networks and wall outlets. When Fred logs in, he sees his environment, apps and data. When Sheila logs in, she sees hers and so on.
Built-in profiles, Active Directory, virtualized environments, or similar tools solved the issue for Linux, Mac and Windows users. The same ideas have been applied to mobile devices, from built-in profiles, to EMM, MDM, container or virtualization approaches.
However, mobile devices are different in kind than PCs in a number of key ways:
- Storage space and security may be too limited for multiple on-device profiles and data
- OTA bandwidth may not be sufficient for timely syncing of the data around changing profiles
- The overhead of sharing software cannot be so high as to mar the user experience
- Devices need to be regularly plugged in to charge
- A new kind of mobile device sharing in a box
It combines in a box the functions of charging and fast syncing with secure storage of data. The box can be configured in a number of ways
- A collection of USB charging ports, in its simplest form
- A kiosk that stores tablets
- A vault that securely stores tablets, in its most full-featured form
Go-Box, 1 BayPort Way, Suite 300, Newport News, VA USA Go-Box.com . firstname.lastname@example.org . +1 (757) 224-7500