The ITAD industry focuses on end of life processing for old IT hardware. IT asset management and disposition require efficient methods of managing and tracking assets ready for disposal. This consists of anything from cellphones and laptops to security systems, and each piece of technology undergoes several steps of processing before being recycled. What most may not realize is the unique processing of mobile device assets. The importance of understanding the difference in traditional device processing and mobile device processing stems from several factors, including data security, maximizing device financial recovery and repair capabilities, and maneuvering delicately around the dangers of battery removal.
Data security is one of the most important aspects of the ITAD process. In the expanding IoT, a significant amount of data is stored on nearly every piece of technology that exists, and data breach risks are higher than ever, making data erasure a crucial step in the disposition process. Typically, data erasure completely wipes the hardware of all data in order to prevent security breaches as it is prepared for recycling, however, the mobile erasure solution is completely different. Because mobile device storage is different than traditional hard drives, the erasure process is more challenging. Instead of the solution being a complete overwrite, it becomes a deletion of the customer data and a restoration of the original device operating system. In other words, making sure the customer’s data is erased while also maintaining a significant amount of data on the device.
Data security isn’t the only concern in mobile device processing. The reuse process can only be achieved with working devices , and mobile devices are often broken. HOBI International Inc. provides full-service, post-launch Mobile Lifecycle Management including test, repair and refurbishment, and maximizing device financial recovery repair capabilities is critical. The end user market for mobile devices is worldwide and dynamic, and an ITAD vendor that understands the market can maximize return for resalable devices.
Mobile devices also contain embedded batteries. Lithium Ion batteries have been known to ignite when damaged during the disposition process, leading to fires most reported at MRFs (materials recovery facilities). Safe mobile phone recycling requires a vendor that can safely remove and recycle the embedded Lithium Ion batteries, preventing potential fire risks. HOBI has implemented safety measures when handling LIBs, including lists of approved tools and methods for safe battery removal.
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