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MDM Evaluation Criteria: Location Services


What is it?


Location services is an MDM feature that tracks the whereabouts of mobile devices through satellite signals, cell towers, hotspots, and WiFi networks. Organizations often leverage their MDM's location services features to boost security and productivity.


The problem


Each MDM vendor provides different location services features from the next. Here at LINQ, it is our job to analyze these features in order to ease the process of determining which MDM meets your company needs.


Below you will find our highlight reel followed by a detailed matrix comparing the location services features of Cisco Meraki, IBM MaaS360, Microsoft Intune, MobileIron, and VMware Workspace ONE.


*These five vendors are the ones that we most often receive inquiries about. As the market changes, we will continue to update our findings and the vendors that we evaluate.




Best overall:

VMware Workspace ONE



Best feature:

VMware Workspace ONE's location history capabilities



Most disappointing feature:

Microsoft Intune's inability to locate a device unless it is supervised and in lost mode.



Best for inactive, WiFi-only devices:

IBM MaaS360



Most accurate:

IBM MaaS360: Exact coordinates are given.


*From experience we have found that, in general, location services are not always the most accurate. However, this feature surely sets MaaS360 apart from its competitors.


Comparison Matrix




For more information about location services features, please contact info@linqservices.com.




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