Device Management

Device management and device management is the centralized management of terminals of an IT infrastructure for their efficient and secure enterprise applications. In parallel, the term is also used in connection with the management of peripheral devices of a computer such as a printer or a mouse.


Potential cost savings and process acceleration by:

  • Centralized software distribution and updates (software updates)
  • Device Inventory and Configuration

Data Security:

  • Centralized backup (Backup ) and restore (recovery)
  • Destruction of data on mobile devices in case of theft or loss

Example of device management in mobile devices (see Mobile Device Management ):

  • Configuring wireless terminals (mobile phones ) over the air interface ( OTA Configuration ), eg for the WAP services, MMS, e-mail, PoC, and other services that require operator -dependent configuration.
  • Check the settings of a mobile terminal over the air interface, eg by the customer support of the network operator
  • Installing applications on mobile terminals (smartphones, PDAs) over the air interface, such as a Web browser, VPN client, etc.
  • Known as updating the firmware of mobile devices ( phones ), also FOTA (Firmware Over-the- Air)
  • Blocking stolen or lost mobile terminals via the air interface in order to avoid abuse of the data

Up to Over- the-Air Configuration no other device management services are currently used in Germany. First mobile phones that support FOTA are already in December 2004 available on the German market (eg Motorola E1000 ).

Pioneer in OTA Configuration were Nokia, Ericsson, and Openwave ( then, before Unwired Planet), who have contributed within the WAP Forum essentially to a single over-the -air standard. Within OMA Over- the-Air Configuration has been integrated into device management.