Scalefusion helps Magna manage & secure Android devices on its Production Line
Magna is a top global automotive supplier with 328 manufacturing operations and 99 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. It is focused on delivering superior value to their customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing. Magna is a publicly listed company since 1962, the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. It designs, develops and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components. It also engineers and assembles complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.
Their aim is to be their customers' preferred global supplier partner for the automotive industry, by delivering the best value built on innovative products & processes and World Class Manufacturing. They strive to be the employer of choice, an ethical and responsible corporate citizen and a superior long-term investment for our shareholders.
The Business Challenge
Magna has Android mobile devices installed as production devices in its huge manufacturing setup. Their first challenge was, different jobs in manufacturing unit, required different mobile applications and content on the Android devices. The second challenge was, that since a large section of the labour force worked in the whole unit, it was critical for them to ensure the safety and usage of each device. In order to ensure that, they wanted only one application installed on each device, for the supervisor and worker. And block all other unnecessary applications and irrelevant features to assure their right usage.
Since Magna has huge manufacturing units, monitoring each production device efficiently was a challenge. It was critical for them to have a centralized monitoring, controlling as well as the support system for all the devices in the entire unit.
Keeping in mind their niche requirements, Magna searched online for a solution for managing mobile devices. Magna tried various products that would allow them to lockdown and manage apps on their devices. They tested multiple other solutions, but they were either difficult to implement, configure, use or did not meet their requirement.
After considering the alternatives, Magna found Scalefusion on Capterra while running a search with keywords - “Mobile Device Management” and “Kiosk Mode”. They read reviews about it, found it viable and an optimised choice to deploy on their devices. After deployment, they were able to restrict their devices in ‘Kiosk Mode’ and a proper centralised monitoring system in place.
As Scalefusion facilitates to manage the devices remotely, they were able to deploy their own production critical apps over-the-air on all their production devices. This was a massive benefit to their team. In addition, updates and managing changes in configuration became very easy.
The other add-ons or extra features which came handful to Magna along with the main feature(s)-
- Displaying the IP address in the device details which made support much easier.
- Web URL Whitelisting
- Location lookup
- Alerts for low Battery
Leveraging all these features, it helped Magna increase overall efficiency and productivity of their manufacturing unit.
From The Client
“We needed a centralized way to manage Android devices including their apps and, in addition, the Android user interface for production be limited to the bare essentials. And Scalefusion, exactly gave us exactly that! It is very simple, efficient and cost-effective solution that we would continue using it year on year” - Magna Team