As reported by MacRumors:
Apple has won large contracts for MacBooks in Kansas and Louisiana. The two contracts are valued at $6.4 million and $5 million respectively
It appears Apple has made efforts to provide custom solutions to educators to meet their needs. Kansas City officials describe additional security measures added to the MacBooks, including a way to track lost/stolen MacBooks:
All of the laptops have stickers clearly identifying them as the "property of the Kansas City, Kansas public schools". The sticker will not come off without virtually destroying the laptop. If thieves find a way around that obstacle, a GPS tracking device will help locate it. If all else fails, district officials said, they could also use a remote device to destroy the hard drive.
I'm going to assume that the laptops have RFIDs and NOT GPS units. I don't think it's possible to fit a GPS unit anywhere into the MacBook. The "sticker" most likely is the piece of the equation that contains the RFID. Also, I will assume that Apple just made a contract with Absolute Software's LoJack to provide their "LoJack For Laptops" program. And for the record - there's no such thing as a device that destroys the hard drive remotely - maybe remotely erase the data ... but not destroy.
I also want to point out that educational institutions DESTROY the value of their computer equipment by placing outrageous identification on them. I buy surplus from local school systems and 9 times out of 10, the identification is either etched on the computers and EVERY peripheral or the computer is completely marred by a super glue like substance that ruins the appearance and resale value to people like me. In other words, these extreme security measures devalue the equipment and therefore the school districts may not realize the full economic value/depreciation of the equipment.
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