Mass device enrollment and provisioning mobile devices has always been a cumbersome and time-consuming task for IT admins. The entire process that is usually followed involves unpacking the mobile device, booting up, and installing all required business application and configuration. This process took lot of time to get the device ready for operational use.
Google has solved this problem with Zero-touch Enrollment a seamless and secure method for mass deployment of Android devices in enterprises. This new feature preconfigures work-managed devices before shipping, which makes them enterprise ready and can be rolled out to the employees immediately. Zero-touch provisioning not only eliminates the task of manual setup of devices but also maintains a consistent corporate policy in place for everyone. Supporting end-users is easy, as employees can just sign in and get access to their work apps and data without any extra effort.
How does it work?
Zero-touch Provisioning (ZTP) feature starts working on first boot after the devices are purchased by an enterprise from resellers. IMEI or serial numbers are transmitted to the Android Zero Touch Portal. And then a configuration can be assigned to the device by an admin. Post that, over-the-air enrollment occurs on purchased devices or any device that has been factory reset by default. Organizations can configure EMM policies as per their needs. Devices will automatically enroll with EMM and policies gets applied once switched on.
With ZTP registered devices, admins have greater control on tasks like deploying apps silently or creating kiosks on the devices before they are deployed.
Google’s Zero-touch Enrollment will support Google Pixel and Pixel 2 devices running Android 7.0 or newer versions. Google also started working with several OEM partners to enhance the support for other Android 8.0 devices as not all Android 8.0 devices support ZTP. Recently, Huawei announced the ZTE support for Mate 10 and Sony for Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. Google also reported that any Samsung device that is shipped with, or updated to Android Oreo will support Zero touch.
Organizations looking to mass deploy Android devices can benefit from Zero-touch Enrollment support.. They should also ensure that their EMM tool supports zero-touch provisioning.
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