All Samsung televisions that were stolen during the unrest last month in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have been blocked so that criminals cannot use them.
According to Fin24, all stolen TV’s that can connect to the internet were pre-loaded with the television block function. This means that the televisions can be disabled remotely.
Once the TV has been put on and connected to the internet, the serial number is identified on Samsung’s server and the blocking system will be activated – disabling all television functions, reports Sam Mobile.
Mike Van Lier, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa, said, “In keeping with our values to leverage the power of technology to resolve societal challenges, we will continuously develop and expand strategic products in our consumer electronics division with defence-grade security, purpose-built, with innovative and intuitive business tools designed for a new world. This technology can have a positive impact at this time, and will also be of use to both the industry and customers in the future.”
If a customer is incorrectly blocked, the function can be disabled once a proof of purchase and a valid TV licence are shown as proof.