Camden Council’s adoption of mobile devices has rocketed by 240 percent in the past three years, with Apple iPhones and iPads the most widely used devices, according to newly revealed data.
In a freedom of information request, the Parliament Street thinktank discovered that Camden Council now uses 252 mobile devices – compared to 74 in June 2012 and 171 in June 2013 – under its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scheme.
These devices include smartphones and tablets from makers such as Apple, Samsung and HTC. Apple smartphones are the most popular among council workers, with 132 iPhones being used including 64 iPhone 5 devices.
Apple’s rival, Samsung, lags behind with only 45 of its smartphones being used in the council, with its Galaxy S3 and S4 phones proving to be the most popular.
Tablets also appear to be popular devices among the council’s employees. Again, Apple products dominate, with 60 iPads of various generations being put to use throughout the council, including five iPad Air models.
Patrick Sullivan, CEO of Parliament Street, told V3 the “age of austerity” is pushing councils to find cheaper alternatives to traditional IT spending, which has led to the adoption of BYOD schemes, particularly within local government organisations.
“Camden is successfully pioneering a highly effective working model from which other councils should learn, explore and implement where possible,” added Sullivan.
However, Sullivan did note that there were a couple of obstacles, especially security concerns, which are preventing other councils from following Camden’s example.
“The only barriers to this adoption in other councils are security concerns and a lack of willingness to engage in BYOD initiatives,” explained Sullivan.
Security tends to be the main concern for both public and private sector organisations when it comes to considering BYOD programmes.
Such problems were highlighted last year when a member of staff at the Royal Veterinary College lost a personal camera with passport photos of six job applicants.
While companies such as Dell are working on security tools and updates to cope with BYOD threats, other IT challenges still exist, as recently explored by V3, that must be addressed before other organisations rush to follow the example set by Camden Council.