Samsung has implemented a blocking technology on looted television sets from retail outlets during the recent violence, preventing them from functioning.
The blocking will kick in when the user of the stolen television connects to the internet to activate it, said Mike Van Lier, Samsung director of consumer electronics in South Africa.
Van Lier explains that once a television is connected to the server, its serial number is identified, and the blocking system is activated, disabling all of the television’s features.
He said the technology has been designed to block the use of illegal TVs.
According to Samsung, all Samsung television sets stolen from its Cato Ridge distribution centre in KZN on July 11, 2021 have been blocked from being viewed.
“In keeping with our values of leveraging technology to resolve societal challenges, we will develop, develop and expand products with defence-grade security, purpose-built, and innovative and intuitive business tools tailored to today’s business world,” said Van Lier.
In accordance with the # RebuildSouthAfrica campaign, Samsung said it will return to business and prevent job losses.
“Our organisation recognises the critical role it plays in providing peace of mind to our customers and clients. Despite the unprecedented disruption in business experienced by many of us recently, we can overcome it if we work together. In order to ensure business continuity for all, we will continue assessing the situation and making appropriate adjustments, “added Van Lier.