Science & Tech

Smart devices can now be tracked

Jacob Mutisi

THE festive season is upon us and there is no better time to protect your smart gadget like your smart TV, laptop or cellphone. Today’s laptops, smartphones, radios and televisions often referred to as smart devices should not be lost for good when either lost or stolen.

These devices can be easily tracked and recovered. Most people feel like they are taking the best possible care of their devices, but sometimes disaster strikes. If you misplace your device, or worse still it gets stolen, it can feel like the end of the world.

Your laptop is probably second only to your phone with regard to the personal data you have stored on it and is such an essential product for your household and your business. Above that, your TV or radio are part of your household or business and should never be stolen for good.

Losing your smart device understandably causes a lot of distress but all hope must not be lost. Most smartphones and laptop providers have implemented features in their operating systems capable of locating devices using GPS which means you can now be reunited with your lost device sooner than expected.

In Zimbabwe, the easiest product to sell after it is either lost or stolen is a smartphone or a laptop. These two devices have become the most sought-after products by thieves and opportunists. Imagine, one day, someone you do not know may end up holding your smartphone or your laptop.

You might even forget it in a kombi or it will be snatched out of your hand or it might be snatched out of your car window when you leave it in your car. Laptop and smartphone thefts are on the rise.

Laptops and smartphones hold a pocket-sized summary of an individual’s digital life and are also your banking wallet.

No one should lose their device for ever, as Zimbabwe has a digital economy and a cashless society and there is a need to protect individual’s devices by speeding the process of recovering one’s device when lost or stolen.

Generally, in Zimbabwe, it usually takes ninety (90) days to start tracking your lost smart device. Yet the Government has prioritized Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and E-Governance as an economic driver and even the world bank has recognized Zimbabwe as a digital economy.

There is now a need for our law enforcement agencies to speed up the process of recovering a lost smart device to a maximum time of 10 minutes and this can be achieved by using the latest tracking methods.

The basic process for one to recover their lost mobile device is: report to the station, then an investigating officer (IO) is assigned to the case, the IO then requests a letter that has to be signed by the commanding officer usually a superintendent and anyone above that rank and finally forwarded to a mobile network operator.
To help the general public recover their mobile device

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