I am wondering if it is possible to locate a MacBook Air device, a ping to gather the current IP address, even if there is no user logged in. We would like to ping the device no matter where it is as long as it is on. I think this is kind of what Find My iPad does except it is an audible ping. Which would be cool too, or "Yo, this device is stolen" voice.
We would like to be able to locate those devices that are "Lost and unable to locate them" calls to the police. Is this possible to do?
You can't ping a device that is not on your network. If you use Jamf Pro the best you'd get would be using the "IP Address" and "Reported IP Address" fields to determine the IP, but you would not be able to determine who's IP it is.
You can always put stolen devices into a static group and scope a policy with script to that group. The script could do whatever you want like gather IP information, network name, user name, display dialogs, wipe the device, etc.