Case Study - Healthcare

Productive health workers and secured Android Field Tablets of Bandim Health Project with SureLock

Bandim Health Project (BHP) is a health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) site situated in Guinea-Bissau.

BHP is formally placed under the National Institute of Public Health in Guinea-Bissau (INASA). BHP is a member of the Indepth Network, a global network of health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) field sites in Africa, Asia and Oceania.

BHP follows a population of more than 200,000 individuals in urban and rural Guinea-Bissau. This provides a unique platform for conducting health research. One of the major research areas is to study the real life effects of vaccines, vitamin A and other health interventions.



Health workers and research associates associated and working for Bandim Health Project in remote locations of Guinea Bissau are equipped with tablets. These tablets are used by workers and associates who are on the fields for their daily research and development activities.

These tablets are not intended to be connected to the internet for the sake of device security. However, health workers and research associates were able to use these tablets for non-work-related purposes such as playing games and downloading irrelevant apps. It was becoming difficult for administrators to manage/limit the apps in the Android eco-system. Use of tablets for personal activities also contributed to battery drainage, corrupted SD cards and worse, posed a serious threat to data and network security.


Bandim Health Project came to a conclusion that in order to ensure productivity of health workers/research associates and secure tablets, an application was needed that would lockdown the device. This application should restrict access to device settings and give access only to authorized applications.

Bandim Health Project started evaluating various kiosk mode applications. It chose SureLock because of its highly customizable user interface and feature to export and import of lockdown settings. Surelock not only enabled them to lock the devices in an efficient and manageable way but at the same time, configuration and deployment of large numbers of devices became very easy. With access to only relevant apps on the device, battery power consumption was reduced, data was secured from any external threats and productivity increased.


With SureLock, Bandim Health Project is assured of the security of the deployed tablets. Locked tablets are now very efficient and easily manageable with only relevant apps on the home screen. The health workers and research associates are now confined to use only allowed application for work-related purposes only. It has helped Bandim Health Project immensely in maintaining device health including battery consumption.


“SureLock has enabled us to lock the Android field tablets in a very efficient and easily manageable way while at the same time making the tablet easier to use because only the relevant apps are exposed / shown on the home screens.”

Emil Rossing Olsen,
Bandim Health Project,