Mac Theft Recovery Software using Wi-Fi Positioning and Flickr® integration for enhanced security
PORTLAND, OR and BOSTON, MA - November 17, 2008 - GadgetTrak Inc., providers of innovative anti-theft and data protection solutions for mobile devices, today announced the launch of MacTrakTM. MacTrakTM includes location-awareness from Skyhook Wireless' Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) and integration with Flickr® to capture the location and images of laptop thieves. MacTrakTM can be purchased today at www.gadgettrak.com.
"GadgetTrak offers the most advanced data protection and theft recovery solutions available for mobile devices" said Ken Westin, founder and CTO of GadgetTrak. "Taking advantage of Skyhook's cutting-edge location technology allows our software to send the location of the device to the owner along with a photo of who is using the system, greatly increasing the chances of getting the stolen device back."
According to the FBI one out of every ten laptops sold will be stolen within a year of purchase, 97% of which will never be recovered. Consumers carry more and more mobile devices with them every day and the risk of device theft or loss is increasing. GadgetTrak's cutting-edge products are poised to secure and recover hundreds of millions of at-risk mobile devices, as well as protect the data that is on them.
"GadgetTrak is an excellent example of location-awareness enhancing the security of our valuable mobile devices," said Kate Imbach, director of marketing at Skyhook Wireless. "And in practice, Skyhook's Wi-Fi Positioning can pinpoint the location of a stolen device within 20-30 meters even in dense urban areas or indoors, meeting the tough performance standards of security applications."
When a MacTrakTM enabled laptop is stolen, the device owner can remotely activate tracking for their stolen system. Once the stolen device connects to the Internet, GadgetTrak's patent-pending software will determine the device location using WPS. It will also activate the Mac's camera and photograph the thief. It will upload the image, location and network information to Flickr and send an email to the owner with the same information. The data will continue to be sent over time until tracking is disabled.
Based in Portland, Oregon, GadgetTrak Inc. provides innovative and patent-pending theft recovery and data protection solutions for mobile devices. GadgetTrak protects a wide-range of mobile platforms including Mac®, Windows®, iPhone®/iPod®, BlackBerry®, Windows MobileTM and portable media devices. For more information visit www.gadgettrak.com or call 1-888-594-TRAK (8725).
About Skyhook Wireless
Founded in 2003, Skyhook Wireless has pioneered the development of the first hybrid positioning system to fully leverage Wi-Fi, GPS and cell towers delivering precise location data supporting the growing market for location-based services. Skyhook's hybrid positioning system XPS requires no new hardware, works indoors and outdoors, provides an instant location and is more accurate than current technologies in congested downtown areas. Skyhook Wireless is headquartered in Boston, MA, and is privately held. Investors include RRE Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Intel Capital and CommonAngels. For more information visit www.skyhookwireless.com, send email to Email Contact or call 617-314-9802.
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