“With Wi-Fi technology built in as a standard feature in virtually all current laptop computers, we believe Wi-Fi tracking as a management tool will be extremely well-received by our customers, " said John Livingston, Chairman and CEO of Absolute Software.
Absolute has been using GPS for a while, but the company is not the first to use Wi-Fi to locate a stolen laptop. Indeed, several smaller competitors to Absolute have been using Skyhook Wireless to power their Wi-Fi positioning capabilities. This is the case of Gadget Trak (MacTrak), Orbicule (Undercover), CyberAngel (Wi-Trac) and Awareness Technologies (Laptop Cop). Absolute software is using Quova Inc. which resells the Navizon Wireless Locator - a direct competitor to Skyhook Wireless - as an extension to its GeoDirectory Server 6.0.
Previous version of these products without Wi-Fi or GPS required recovery teams to put the local police in touch with the ISP where the thief connected the laptop. Now with Wi-Fi positioning, the precise location of the thief is pretty much granted (in an urban environment) and can be given to the police as soon as the laptop connects to a network.