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Laptops are a mainstay of many businesses. They often contain mission-critical, confidential data and, because they are small and super-easy to carry, they need special attention when it comes to security. Specially designed laptop charging and storage lockers are the answer – ensuring that your devices are kept safely locked away as well as fully charged and ready for use.
Here’s our guide to what to look out for when reviewing laptop lockers:
As with any lockers you purchase, the material that the unit is from is crucial. It needs to be strong enough to hold what you want to put inside, sturdy enough to stand up without tipping and, above all, secure – so that unauthorised employees or visitors can’t get inside. Steel is the material of choice here, as it is strong and resistant to heat – reducing the risk of devices damaging the locker or starting a fire when charging.
Make sure that locks are easy for staff to use (so they are more inclined to store equipment safely) but also complicated enough to foil any would-be thieves. Common and popular choices would be key or padlock type locks, or electronic code locks.
On the subject of security, make sure that your lockers are designed with anti-theft features like concealed hinges and flush-fitting doors – these will prevent many brute-force attacks from succeeding.
Your new lockers should last for many, many years with very little maintenance. If you buy units that need polishing, varnishing or cleaning excessively to maintain their appearance and functionality, you will find yourself taking too much time and expense to keep them up to scratch. Make sure to buy lockers that need minimal upkeep.
Think carefully about where you will be installing your locker unit. You need the space to be relatively well ventilated and out of high-traffic areas. The more secure the room you use for your lockers the more secure the laptops within them will ultimately be.
Bear in mind that your lockers will be heavy, even when empty. It’s safest to anchor them to the wall, so make sure there are studs or joists ready in your chosen site.
Lastly in reference to location, think about your power requirements – if you are planning to charge a couple of dozen laptops simultaneously you need to have the power supply nearby to do so.
How many laptops will you need to store and/or charge at any given time? Make sure that you have enough compartments for current and perceived future requirements. Additionally, make sure that you have considered the size of the laptops themselves. If people within your organisation use particularly large devices your locker compartments will need to be larger than standard to accommodate them.
It might not be a primary concern when you’re reviewing locker units, but the colour and style of your lockers can help to make shared spaces like offices brighter and more welcoming, so the people within them are more comfortable and productive.
Author Bio: First Mats started life as safety matting specialists, but have since expanded to become a complete industrial and commercial supplies company. The focus of First Mats is to provide safety-focused products that improve the wellbeing of staff through quality approved products, backed up by extensive knowledge. www.firstmats.co.uk