“In addition to stolen phones, the platform can be used to lock legally purchased phones and companion devices in the case of a recall, or if the customer is missing payments.”
Trustonic has launched a new security platform designed to curb the theft of smartphones. The Asset Lifecycle Protection Service – or ALPS – is an app that can be loaded onto a smartphone during manufacture that allows the mobile operator to remotely lock one of its devices from anywhere in the world.
In plain terms, that means that mobile providers will be able to brick any smartphone that goes missing at any point after it leaves the factory, whether it was stolen from an electronics store or from an individual user. Doing so renders the device unusable and discourages theft by negating any resale value.
“We are empowering operators to take control in their fight against fraud, theft and device trafficking,” said Trustonic CEO Ben Cade. “This not only solves a billion-dollar problem for the industry, it also adds a significant contribution to their bottom line performance.”
ALPS is being pitched as a more effective and user friendly alternative to manual unlock codes. In addition to stolen phones, the platform can be used to lock legally purchased phones and companion devices in the case of a recall, or if the customer is missing payments.
The ALPS service was tested in North America prior to its recent global launch. Trustonic has long been a leader in embedded security solutions thanks to programs like Trustonic Application Protection and its Trusted Execution Environment technology.