Press Release Covid Certificate Scanner

Samsung and mobco launch their first Covid Certificate Scanner.

This collaboration between both companies brings proven technology and expertise together to facilitate safe and simple scanning!

Diegem, Dilbeek May 18 2021 – While the European corona certificate project is being finalised, the Belgian mobco, in collaboration with Samsung, launches ‘Covid Certificate Scanners’. Thanks to the robustness of the Samsung 5 Enterprise Edition, many professionals will be able to enjoy fast and safe scanning – in all conditions. The preconfigured smartphone exclusively reads the presented QR code, while Samsung KNOX guarantees maximum security.

The EU Covid-19 certificate is in the making and will be used to prove vaccination, corona recovery or a recent negative test result. This token will enable safe travel within Europe and might also be used in large public events. The certificate is an important pillar of the exit strategy.

This context is being used by Samsung and mobco to come up with a complete solution to enable safe, correct and simple certificate validation.

Green or red, ready to use in 5 minutes

The exact details of the European digital certificate and the application in the national member states are still being defined. It is however clear the certificate will consist of a QR code that will be readable by third parties to validate the certificate, showing a red or green screen. mobco, leader in managed mobility solutions in Belgium, developed a Covid Certificate Scanner that enables fast, simple and fully secured authenticity validation based on the official app the Belgian government will issue.

Ulrik Van Schepdael, CEO of mobco:”Our Covid Certificate Scanner is developed with one goal, that’s the scanning and validation of the certificates. The device is configured in such a way that it can only run this single scanning application, guaranteeing maximum security and data protection. Equally important is the ease of use. When an organisation or company needs to execute scans, it’s not acceptable the employees would have to download and configure the scanning app themselves. Our device automatically configures itself at first launch, without any user or IT intervention. The scanner is operational in less than 5 minutes.” 

Military grade robustness and security

To ensure scanning can take place in all circumstances and to combine reliability with rock solid security, mobco opts for the Samsung Xcover 5, a smartphone designed and build for employees active in a variety of business’ around the world. The device is part of the Samsung Galaxy series and includes a brilliant screen, a durable battery and benefits from advanced data protection thanks to the Samsung Knox platform.

Pascal Bungeneers, Head of B2B Samsung Belgium: “The robust hardware of our Galaxy Xcover 5 Enterprise Edition is perfectly suited for professional users to validate the Covid-19 certificates. Think of events on the beach, festival, restaurants, … The smartphone is IP68 water and dust proof, has 1.5 meter drop protection and can be operated while wearing gloves. It’s compatible with third party charging cradles to fill up the 3000 mAh battery, sufficient to last an entire day. And if all that power would not suffice, the battery can be replaced by the user in seconds.” 

Proven technology and expertise

Ulrik Van Schepdael:” This is not our first collaboration in this line of business. We have equipped all security agents of Seris with similar Samsung devices with a specific configuration. That project is one of many where we have proven that a preconfigured and protected smartphone is the ideal solution in very challenging circumstances.”

Pascal Bungeneers:” Aside the robustness of the Samsung Xcover 5, the smartphone incorporates the highest possible data protection technology. Security is not an add-on, but is built-in during the production of the smartphone based on the Samsung Knox platform. This protects each smartphone, wearable or tablet, on the lowest chip level against intrusion, malware or other threats.”

The Covid Certificate Scanner is available, including support and centralised management by mobco, for a fixed price of EUR 243, – excluding VAT (or EUR 373, – excluding VAT with a 12 months mobile subscription).

About Samsung Belgium

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About mobco 

mobco is founded in 2010 and focusses on the modern workplace. The portfolio of mobco includes hardware (smartphone, tablet, computer), software to manage and services to support the modern workplace. With the in-house development of the Workplace Self Service platform, mobco enables the employees of its customers to order their devices and receive these preconfigured at home. mobco counts 26 employees, has two office locations in Dilbeek and Capellen (Luxemburg) and supports large private and public organisations in Belgium and Luxemburg. mob.co  

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iPad Pro and iMac, supercharged by M1.

April 20th, 2021, Apple unveiled new members in the M1-family.

iPad Pro is the very first 5G-ready iPad and we’ve never seen any computer like the completely redesigned iMac. And trust us, we’ve seen quite a few…

iPad Pro and M1. Power couple.

With the same M1 chip found in the latest Macs, the new iPad Pro provides up to 50% improved performance compared to the previous generation.

Combined with 5G-readiness, you can do just about anything from just about anywhere. Equipped with Thunderbolt, iPad Pro opens up an extensive ecosystem of high-performance accessories for iPad Pro, like fast external storage, displays and docks.

The ultimate iPad experience. Now with breakthrough M1 performance, a breathtaking XDR display, and blazing‑fast 5G wireless. Buckle up.

Both the new 11” as the 12.9” iPad Pro can be ordered at mobco with a starting price of 742 EUR for the base model. 

Available in our online store starting at just €742,98 (Excl. btw).*
*Available as of mid May

iMac and M1. With great power comes great capability.

Built for M1 from the ground up, the completely redesigned 24” iMac offers a sleek design, vibrant colors, breakthrough performance and unseen power efficiency.

Available in 7 colors, employee choice just got real. Your employees can choose between a brand-new blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange or purple iMac.

This 11.5mm design is made possible thanks to M1. It makes iMac so thin and compact that it fits in more places than ever.

Your employees are spending more than ever in video cals. With the 1080p FaceTime HD camera (best camera in a Mac ever), the six-speaker sound system providing audio that fills the room and a brilliant 4.5K Retina Display, your video calls never went better.

The new iMac features a color-matched keyboard, mouse, and trackpad. And for the first time, Touch ID comes to iMac. So you can easily and securely unlock your computer, use Apple Pay, and download apps quickly with just a finger.

All models can be ordered at mobco with a starting price of €1197 (Excl. btw)*
*Available as of mid May

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How much time does a new smartphone cost you?

How much time does a new smartphone cost you?

Have you recently gotten a new smartphone as a Christmas gift or have you gifted one yourself? Then you know the hassle that comes with setting up this new device. Our time is precious and valuable, and that is where mobco comes into play.

In 2010 the apple iPad was released into the market, a device that has penetrated every segment of the market. For many mobile employees this has become the only ‘computer’ they use. And getting those devices under control was a challenge, that was the start of mobco!

Getting a new device into production can easily take you half a day. We reduce this time to just 4 minutes without intervention from IT or the end user.  Mobco sets up an integration between the company network, cloud services and the management platform. This initial setup is what makes it possible to reduce the time needed to deploy your device into production. Not only for the initial devices, but for all future devices as well. Automating this platform will solve most issues itself, resulting into savings on the helpdesk!

A typical integration of a management platform only takes a couple of days. Which is a small investment that can be earned back fast rolling out new devices. But most important of all is the satisfaction of your employees. Everything works out-of-the-box and there are no annoying passwords.

This video shows just how quick your employee would be able to set up his/her own device. Without any intervention from the IT department.

Setting up a mobile workforce can be challenging, certainly if your organization is used to work from a traditional office location. Having the correct tools implemented, makes the move towards mobile work simpler.

Employees use a lot of different systems and devices in their everyday work, and a remote workforce can only be empowered if these can be accessed from any location.

Since 2010 there has been a revolution in the management of mobile devices, in the meantime it has also become the standard for computers and laptops. This technology makes it possible to set up the devices automatically, without IT assistance, based on the user's profile: email, calendar, contacts, business applications, wifi, network access, security ... Everything is ready for use in minutes! No passwords required, no hassle!

Ulrik Van Schepdael

Introducing the next generation of Mac

A new generation of Mac in a familiar packaging and with an established set of management controls. The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini are powered by M1, Apple’s breakthrough chip for the Mac.
This brings power, efficiency and autonomy to a platform we know how to integrate into your business.

With M1 your employees can work on the go, all day long, without charging!

Having already introduced Apple Silicon during the virtual WWDC earlier this year, Apple officially launched the new M1-chip during its ‘One More Thing’ event.

We’re familiar to Apple’s own chip in the iPhone- and iPad ranges, as they’ve been doing for quite some time now. By bringing its own chip to Mac, Apple is now fully independent from other vendors in the production of its hardware portfolio.

By far the most powerful chip Apple has ever made, M1 transforms the Mac experience. With its industry-leading performance per watt, together with macOS Big Sur, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning capabilities, and battery life up to 2x longer than before.

And with M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps ever for Mac. With amazing performance and remarkable new features, the new lineup of M1-powered Macs are an incredible value.

“The introduction of three new Macs featuring Apple’s breakthrough M1 chip represents a bold change that was years in the making, and marks a truly historic day for the Mac and for Apple.”

Tim Cook, CEO Apple

MacBook Air: thin and light powerhouse

MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular Mac and the world’s best-selling 13-inch notebook. With the M1 chip, the powerful 8-core CPU performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation. With up to an 8-core GPU, graphics are up to 5x faster, the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air.

Did you know? The M1 is faster than the chips in 98 percent of PC laptops sold in the past year.

With the industry-leading power efficiency of M1, MacBook Air also delivers this performance in a fanless design, which means no matter what users are doing, it remains completely silent. And the new MacBook Air features extraordinary battery life, with up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback — the longest battery life ever on a MacBook Air.

With its sleek wedge-shaped design, stunning Retina display, Magic Keyboard, and astonishing level of performance thanks to M1, the new MacBook Air once again redefines what a thin and light notebook can do.

Available in our online starting at just € 933,06.

13-inch MacBook Pro: Even more powerful and even more pro

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s most popular pro notebook. With the M1 chip and Big Sur, the 13-inch MacBook Pro becomes even more powerful and even more pro. The 8-core CPU, when paired with the MacBook Pro’s active cooling system, is up to 2.8x faster than the previous generation. And with M1, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is up to 3x faster than the best-selling Windows laptop in its class. With up to 17 hours of wireless web browsing and up to a staggering 20 hours of video playback, MacBook Pro delivers up to twice the battery life of the previous generation and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.

With its amazing performance and unbelievable battery life, combined with its gorgeous Retina display, Magic Keyboard, and compact design, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the ultimate expression of what the M1 chip can do.

And it is available in our online store for the starting price of just € 1.197,52.

Mac mini: Staggering performance and an ultracompact design

Mac mini is Apple’s most versatile computer, and now with M1, it packs a staggering amount of performance and incredible new features in such a compact design. M1 brings an 8-core CPU with up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation, dramatically accelerating demanding workloads. An 8-core GPU delivers up to a massive 6x increase in graphics performance, allowing Mac mini to tackle performance-intensive tasks like complex 3D rendering with ease.

Mac mini also features an advanced thermal design to sustain its breakthrough performance while staying cool and quiet, support for up to two displays including Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution, and Wi-Fi 6 for faster wireless performance and the Secure Enclave in M1 for best-in-class security.
With M1 and Big Sur, Mac mini represents a massive shift in what an ultrasmall desktop can do.

Far more versatile and far more capable than ever, Mac mini is now available in our online store for just € 660,33.

The new iPhone 12

Hi, Speed
Hi, Camera
Hi, MagSafe 

October 13, 2020, Apple invited the world to Apple Park to unveil its new iPhone 12 lineup.
The 12 series include the very first 5G-ready iPhones enabling a whole new mobile experience with better connectivity and higher speeds.

At the center of the flagship devices sits a new silicon: the A14 Bionic. Faster and more energy efficient than ever before.

The 5G-readiness combined with the ultra fast A14 Bionic creates high capacity computing platform connected to ‘everything’ at the highest possible speeds.

With the Lidar sensor, that maps the real world in three dimensions, new business opportunities arise in many different domains. The sensor set is completed with a new and improved camera set. The iPhone 12 ‘sees’ everything.

The iPhone 12 also ‘shows’ everything through its innovative Super Retina XDR Display. The high resolution and dynamic screen enables stunning graphics performance, increasing user adoption within the business.

All displays are equipped with a Ceramic Shield, drastically increasing durability. With a four times better drop performance, display repairs within your organization will also ‘drop’, freeing up budgets for what really matters.

The new MagSafe feature of the iPhone 12 enables external accessories to easily snap into place and attach to the smartphone. At time of launch there are several accessories available, including a MagSafe cover and MagSafe Wallet to store credit cards. The initial purpose of the MagSafe connection is to supercharge the iPhone wireless, that requires a perfectly aligned  MagSafe charging pad, hence the magnets.

Good to know the iPhone 12 series doesn’t come with a charger or EarPods. This reduces the environmental impact.
The iPhone ships with only a USB-C to Lightning cable. 

The iPhone 12 series includes 4 models, the based model features  a screen size of 5.4″, the iPhone 12 Pro Max goes up to 6,7″.

In the below graphic you can see a comparison between the new iPhone 12 Mini, the current iPhone SE 2e Gen and previous iPhone SE 1e Gen. The overall device size has decreased compared to the iPhone SE 2e Gen and the screen size increased dramatically compared to all previous SE models.
Although there is an important price difference, we do expect to see the iPhone 12 Mini taking an important market share in business due the top performance of the A14 Bionic and 5G platform. 

All models can be ordered at mobco with a starting price of 669Euro for the base model 

The iPhone 12 comes in 5 colours and houses 64, 128 or 256GB of memory. The display size of the iPhone 12 Mini is 5.4″ and 6.1″ for the iPhone 12 available mid November.

The iPhone 12 Pro is available in 4 colours and doubles the memory capacity starting at 128GB up to 512GB.
Available now at mobco!

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10 years mobco

October 2010, that’s when our mobile journey started!

A few months before the Apple iPad was officially launched, and along with the iPhone and a Google initiative called Android version Eclair, we witnessed the start of one of the biggest changes in IT history.

mobco was founded with one clear focus and mission: we wanted to help our enterprise customers to support these new devices for work.

We’ve been mobilising your business since 2010!

We look back at a successful journey where we delivered true added value to hundreds of enterprise and public customers. Thousands of employees enjoyed seamless enrolment of their new devices, got rid of endless password changes and weren’t even aware of the fact that they were using the most advanced tunneling technology to access internal resources on the go.

The mobco team grew over the years but kept true to its initial mission: put expertise at the service of our customers. Along with the team, we also enlarged our portfolio of products and added support for more mobile device management platforms, leading mobile security providers, productivity apps and hardware to the list in 2017.

As top tier Apple Authorised Reseller and Samsung Reseller we can now state we have a complete portfolio for the mobile workplace, or should we say ‘modern workplace’?

As founding member of the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance we represent Belgium and Luxemburg in this pan-European initiative. Together with our peer alliance members we had front row seats in the spectacle called “digital transformation” and saw the huge impact on the workplace.

Having access to all your corporate data on the go, on any device, anywhere and anytime, seems so obvious today. We’re very proud to have contributed to this fact and helped out so many enterprises and public institutions in taking the next step in the modern workplace.

In 2020 we remain true to our initial mission and put our expertise at the service of our customers combined with premium hardware, leading software and more…

Over the last years we have been building a platform with only one mission: to provide the best possible employee experience ever! It’s a development that translates our expertise and experience into a cloud service we are launching this year, called Workplace Self Service.

The Workplace Self Service is a next level platform that allows your employees to order and organise their workplace, the way they like it, with no impact on the current IT structure.
While remaining true to our initial focus and mission, we are now ready for the next episode!

 

Founding mobco in 2010 was the best idea ever, but building it out into this BeLux company as it is now, would not have been possible alone.

I would like to thank the entire mobco team that helped building out the company during the last decade: thank you for your continued support and expertise!

I would also like to thank our business partners who believe in our mission and help us develop new business opportunities!

Special thanks to our customers for choosing our company as a guide in managing, transforming and optimizing their workplace projects!

Looking forward to lift the employee experience to the next level!

Happy birthday!

 
 
 
 

As a birthday present we would like to offer you for free our white paper: “The three pillars of the modern workplace”.
Based on our 10 years in business we share our “mobile lessons learned” and how these now impact the entire workplace.

 

If we triggered your attention or you want to learn more about a specific topic, don’t hesitate to leave your contact details below!

 

Time flies, don’t fall behind…

In normal times, Apple‘s September gathering hosts the launch of its newest iPhones. Yesterday however, it was Apple Watch’s and iPad’s turn to take center stage.

“Time flies”, the events title might have already given it away… Apple Watch has revolutionized what a watch can do. Checking your messages and calendar on the road, opening your office doors and even unlocking your MacBook. Think of the time saved…

All detailed information on the new releases of hardware and OS can be found in our updated white paper “2020 Apple for Enterprise”.

With the new Watch Series 6 (equipped with the new S6-chip and up to 20% faster than Series 5), Apple launches a new powerful health sensor called “Blood Oxygen”, which provides you a key measurement on your overall wellbeing. Nice and handy in these Covid-times.

Next to this, the new Watch SE combines the most popular features of the Series 6 with an affordable pricing. It’s packed with S5-chips, a huge upgrade compared to the Series 3. With the cellular models you can make calls and messages without your iPhone.

These items will be available on our store as of this Friday.
€ 247,11 for the Watch SE
€ 354,44 for the Watch Series 6

 

Time flies indeed. It’s been 10 years since the first iPad was shipped AND the birth of mobco (more on that later this year!).

The new iPad 8th generation packs the A12 Bionic chip, a real powerhouse. 40% faster CPU and 2 times faster GPU compared to the previous version are just a few of the features making it:
– 2 times faster than the most popular Windows laptop
– 3 times faster than the most popular Android tablet
– 6 times faster than the most popular Chromebook

We already stated it in a previous blog: your next computer is not a computer.

The A12 Bionic being a powerhouse, we can state that the A14 Bionic is a real war horse.

Making its debut in the new iPad Air, it’s the first to use 5 nanometer sized transistor. That’s 11.8 billion (!) transistors in this processor, offering a great performance at lower power.

With the newly designed Touch ID on the top button, all of the known safety features of Touch ID are now packed in the smallest authenticator sensor available. Fast, easy and secure.

The new iPad Air also supports the new Magic Keyboard enabling a touch pad to better navigate your corporate apps.

These items will be available on our store as of beginning of next month.
€ 321,49 for the iPad 8th generation
€ 552,89 for the new iPad Air

With the launch of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, WatchOS 7 and tvOS14 as of today, you can combine all this new hardware with the new features available in the new software releases.

If you need more information on the technical impact of all new releases, including new MDM functionalities, please check our updated “2020 Tech Deep Dive Apple for Enterprise”.
 
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