After the success of the e-Escola initiative, the Portuguese Ministry of Education invested more than 300 million euros in giving 1.2 million students laptops.
Devices were equipped with CUCo Firmware Security which was able to protect their investment, safeguard children and guarantee that all devices be returned at the end of the year.
Challenges and Objectives
The laptops inadvertently made children easy targets for theft. The responsibility to protect children and some reluctance from students to return the laptops drove the Ministry of Education to look for a solution that could protect both the children and the devices.
The Ministry of Education also wanted to ensure that students returned the laptops at the end of the year, in order to prepare the laptop to be distributed to another student the following year.
Ensuring the safety of students with CUCo during the “Escola Digital” project.
How the Portuguese Ministry of Education protected the country’s students and the investment in their futur
CUCo Firmware Security proved to be the ideal solution. CUCo enables the project owner, in this case, the Ministry of Education, to remotely lock or unlock any device in the case that it is lost or stolen. Since CUCo is installed at the Firmware level, it resists any reinstallation of operating systems or even the substitution of the hard drive, making it impossible to override.
It was well-known that the devices equipped with the CUCo Firmware Security could be locked if stolen or not returned. With that deterrent, thefts decreased and the number of returned laptops increased.
Nearly effortlessly and at minimal costs, the Portuguese Ministry of Education was able to protect their investment, safeguard children and guarantee that all devices were returned at the end of the year.
Devices were equipped with CUCo Firmware Security which was able to protect the Ministry of Education’s investment, safeguard children and guarantee that devices be returned at the end of the year.