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Use of WLAN to determine system location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015734D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Tracking physical location of computer is a major issue with every company. According to IGS, the average cost of inventorying/asset management of PC is $20 per PC per month. IBM PCD completed a 100% physical inventory in Sept and discovered that greater than 10% of assets are unlocated. This is a major concern for several reasons: value of asset, value of data on

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Use of WLAN to determine system location

Tracking physical location of computer is a major issue with every company. According to IGS,

the average cost of inventorying/asset management of PC is $20 per PC per month. IBM PCD

completed a 100% physical inventory in Sept and discovered that greater than 10% of assets

are unlocated. This is a major concern for several reasons: value of asset, value of data on

asset, ability to control images, ability to respond to virus attacks.

Given that PC's are typically >95% network attach, has improve but not eliminated the problem. The network administrator can see the PC on network, but tracing PC typically requires a very manual intensive effort of tracing from wiring closet to cubes or physical facility. Today, Ethernet network can span 100 M from wiring closet to a device, which can encompass many offices or cubes.

What is needed is a simple method to determine where a system is located.

Wireless LAN technology is quickly becoming the preferred solution for mobile devices to LAN connections. This technology could also be useful in determine the physical location of a system. A software agent, such as access connections, could be embellished to add inventory support features. The inventory support features, would basically force the wireless LAN card to SCAN and determine which access points it can connect with and the signal strength. This information could be reported periodically (every boot, monthly, etc) to a database o...