March 3, 2023

How Samsung Knox helps the Pontifical Swiss Guard protect the Vatican

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Since 1506, the legendary Pontifical Swiss Guard has protected the Pope in the Vatican. While they may look like a throwback to the Renaissance, they’re armed with cutting-edge military tactics and technology to ensure the safety of one of the most prominent people in the world. The Pontifical Swiss Guard have a tough job, and when it comes to staying connected, they need devices and a digital solution that’s not only tough enough for daily use in the field but configurable to their unique situation and able to keep their communications secure and protected.

Enter Samsung Knox. We know exactly how demanding our partners are when it comes to robust, customizable, and secure devices, and our Samsung Galaxy Tab Active series checks all the boxes. With either IP67 or IP68 ratings for water and dust protection , the Galaxy Tab Active series is ready in tough conditions, and sensitive touch screens make the series operable even with wet gloves2. Paired with Knox Suite, a granular and comprehensive device management platform, devices can be set up seamlessly and configured to include only the apps required for the job, boosting productivity.

With these features in mind, the Pontifical Swiss Guard decided to outfit their guards with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active series and Knox Suite’s robust set of device management tools, and the benefits were immediately obvious.

“We now have more robust tablets, which means fewer repairs and fewer devices that need to be replaced,” says Manuel von Däniken, Head of Media for the Pontifical Swiss Guard. “We’ve also seen an increase in device security thanks to Knox... It’s incredible how easy the device enrollment and settings were with Knox Mobile Enrollment, …[and] we used Knox Manage to simplify remote device locking and location tracking. We can honestly say that Samsung is the ideal technology partner for the Pontifical Swiss Guard.”

Samsung Galaxy series and Knox Suite are designed to support our partners and fit their needs. Whether that means offering device usage analytics to proactively predict and solve device issues, remote tracking and locking features that keep devices visible and secure, or end-to-end continuous support at every turn, we’re proud to help partners like the Pontifical Swiss Guard excel at their work by excelling at ours. For more on how we support the Pontifical Swiss Guard, check out their success story.


1Galaxy Tab Active series are rated IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (* except for Galaxy Tab Active which is rated IP67).
IP68 is based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.
IP67 is based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.
Not advised for beach or pool use

2 Touch sensitivity may vary depending on glove material.

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