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New figures released by Ricoh UK reveal that 50 per cent of London councils do not have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place.
Obtained via a freedom of information request, nine of the 18 responding councils, Lambeth, Hounslow, Kingston, Ealing, Hackney, Brent, City of London, Richmond and Bexley, stated that they have no BYOD scheme in place.
Of the nine councils who did have a scheme in place, the responses showed large variations in the number of devices, with Camden claiming use of 423 devices and Royal Greenwich only five. A total of 1,302 devices are currently registered as in use across London councils.
Chas Moloney, director of Ricoh UK, said: “BYOD schemes allow employees to operate on personal devices of their choice, improving flexibility and inspiring workstyle innovation. This is already happening in many businesses and should be encouraged in local government as part of a wider digital transformation strategy. It’s time for London Councils to assess and consider implementing BYOD policies to help deliver stronger and more effective public services.”
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