Intel says an anti-theft technology for laptops during the fourth quarter of this year, but the company not offering any details about it.
Intel Anti-Theft Technology, the new capability will be added to Intel’s Active Management Technology, which is part of Centrino vPro and allows IT managers to remotely access and configure computers.
In the event of theft, the technology will “basically lock the system, lock the disk, so people cannot be maliciously using and getting the data,” said Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobility Group, according to a transcript of his presentation at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Shanghai.
The anti-theft technology being developed by Intel would presumably give IT managers a way of protecting this data once a machine has gone missing.
Besides Intel, several other companies are working on the anti-theft technology, including Lenovo Group, McAfee, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Phoenix Technologies.
More details of the technology will be made available when it is closer to being released, Intel said.