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Bunya is a secure enterprise device management system, designed to be highly configurable and allow users to adapt it to a broad variety of organisational needs. The generic structure of the system means that it can be deployed by a very diverse range of institutions looking to enhance their members’ performance through hand-held wireless devices (Android mobiles and tablet computers).

Bunya consists of two primary components:

  1. A web console
  2. Managed devices

The web console runs on the Bunya server where administrators set up and maintain the configurations that control the managed devices.

Each of the managed devices have the Bunya client application pre-installed. It is this Bunya client application that controls the device via instructions from the web console.

The decision to preinstall the client application on devices was taken because Bunya leverages system level permissions and access to functionality otherwise denied to standard applications installed separately. This allows Bunya to excel in device control and offer additional features when compared to competitors device management solutions.

We believe that application enforcement is one of the fundamental principles in offering organisational cost reduction on a long-term basis, member workflow peaks and also helps in capturing business data more accurately. Examples of organisations which have great interest in Bunya include; Distribution companies, Retail companies (sales force), Transport services, Health services, Law offices as well as several Government institutions in the Education and Military sectors.

Bunya offers much more than the distribution of institution-specific applications to selected devices. It ensures that no other application can be installed or run if not in the configuration specified from the web console.

Various security measures have been implemented for organisations that require a device to be shared by a number of different users:

  • Sensitive data and application data is erased automatically if the Bunya application detects that a different user has logged into the same device.
  • An option to erase the data on every logout is available to the administrator in extreme situations.
  • Factory reset of a device that is lost or stolen.
  • Option to auto factory reset a device if it has not connected to the web console for a specified period.

Bunya also offers a Synchronisation feature that allows users to store and retrieve any documents or files on the server. This means that users can work independently of the device they are using, and allows them access to their files and docs when logged into a different device (provided that the devices are connected to the same server and that the configuration gives them permissions). Any tampering with the device in an attempt to remove the restrictions enforced by the Bunya application will be reported to the administrators.

Bunya is currently offered for the Android operating system. Android was chosen over iOS, Windows or platform-independent applications for a number of reasons:

  • Android is open source, permitting better access to the operating framework and therefore tighter security that does not rely on application algorithms.
  • Android is also getting a considerable market lead over it’s rivals.
  • End-users are showing a preference for Android devices thanks to its flexibility and scope for customisation that other operating systems do not offer.
  • Android is more developer friendly, both in terms of cost (it is less costly to develop and support an Android application over an iOS application) and because there is a wide community of developer forums and blogs that promote a great environment for developing Android applications.

For more information about Bunya please contact us at Ricston via our website or via Hyderu at www.hyderu.com.

(This blog post first published; 29th April 2014 on blog.ricston.com)