Custom Security & Protection Devices

By: Mikio Moriyasu - Revised: 2006-06-22 devin


In the course of deploying new Apple hardware, SCL Mac Support has either commissioned the manufacture of or developed on its own variety of security and protection devices. These devices are designed to secure and protect specific hardware or hardware components from theft or damage (accidental and intentional) that is likely to occur in an open lab or kiosk environment. In each instance, factors such as overall cost, durability, size, and aesthetics were important considerations.

For information on each security and protection device, please select from the links listed below.

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    With the introduction of the "QuickSilver" series of Power Mac G4's, Apple debuted the first major revision of its award winning case design. The new Power Macs now fit Apple's 21st Century product design philosophy, they were powerful, sleek, and uncluttered. Unfortunately, they also now possessed a design shortcoming that has become a problem for anyone managing these machines in an open environment near children, or childish adults. In simplifying its appearance, Apple eliminated the durable speaker grille that was once a standard feature on all Power Macs. As a result, users had direct access to the speaker transducer inside the G4's silvery front panel. The shining, reflective, vibrating mylar surface is a tantalizing target for prying fingers, poking pens, or puncturing pencils. For some, the opportunity to fiddle with something that is generally off-limits is too much to pass up. For others, unfamiliarity with the new design has led them to thrust a finger or a pen into the opening as they mistake the speaker for a power switch. Within three months of installing 22 "QuickSilver" machines in one teaching lab and 40 in the main open area of the Marriott Library Multimedia Center, approximately a third of these new machines had damaged speakers. We knew that this would be a big problem when the machines were purchased and started to look for a durable, low-cost solution, that would still allow full use of the speaker itself.