Samsung's Knox Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is being used by schools in a pilot program taking place in Trinidad and Tobago.
The electronics giant announced the agreement between the company and both Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Education on Tuesday. Under the terms of the pilot program, Samsung will supply B2B educational products and packages to 20 pilot schools across Trinidad and Tobago, supported by Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 devices equipped with the Samsung Knox EMM platform and Samsung School.
In addition, schools will receive other education-based products, including interactive white board technology and Samsung's Note PCs. Samsung's School solution includes screen monitoring to track students using mobile devices, apps, screen sharing, quizzes, polls, and software suitable for student project collaboration.
Showcased at the Virtual Educa Caribbean 2014 Symposium today and tomorrow, the pilot program is aimed at providing technology for "schools in need" across the country. Six schools will receive education packages by the end of May, and the pilot program will be rolled out to remaining schools by the end of July 2014. Samsung says the pilot will "gradually be expanded across the entire school system in Trinidad and Tobago throughout the rest of the year."
Hyunchil Hong, VP of Samsung's Latin America division commented:
In collaboration with Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Education, Samsung is pleased to provide a total technology solution to help them improve the standard of education across the country. This is the first time we have provided our total B2B solution package in Latin America, and we are committed to working with the Ministry of Education to develop this project.
With the success of this pilot, we plan to expand to other markets in Latin America to help schools with fewer resources adopt the digital tools they need to provide their teachers and students with a better learning environment.
The pilot project is another initiative designed to promote the smartphone maker's Knox security platform. The mobility management and enterprise-based security service can be adapted to different uses — whether it be classroom management or banking — and as Samsung looks to secure more corporate clients, schools could prove to be a valuable profit driver.
In addition to the launch of the pilot program, reports suggest that Samsung is developing high-end biometric technology, including retina scanning, to boost the security of Samsung devices.