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Inventory Location Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020610D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 8K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed are two inventory devices to aid in determining system information and/or in determining the physical location of assets. Both devices can determine system information. One device has a location function that one or more of the other device can be chained to.

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Inventory Location Devices

Disclosed are two inventory devices to aid in determining system information and/or in determining the physical location of assets. Both devices can determine system information. One device has a location function that one or more of the other device can be chained to.

Physical inventory is a very time consuming and resource intensive effort. Often, a certain percentage of assets cannot be physically located. More often, due to time and resource constraints, the components inside the assets that are physically located are not verified. For example, a user may have removed an adapter from an asset.

The disclosed devices are designed to track asset modifications and physical asset location. Both devices include an "inventory" function. This function determines information about physical hardware. For example, the device could determine CPU count and speed, memory size and memory slots available, firmware revisions, hard drive count, speed, and sizes, up-time and similar information, diagnostic events and errors for a given asset. Additionally, the inventory function may be able to determine software information. For example, an operating system may be enabled to provide the inventory device with operating system information. Information could include CPU count and speed recognized, memory recognized, physical and logical drive information, operating system version and configuration. Information collected from the inventory device would be stored in a database. Software and hardware changes to the asset over time could then be determined.

The other device includes a "location" function. The actual type of location device would vary based on the assets intended operation location. Types of location devices include global positioning system and local triangulation. If such a device was installed in an asset, a user could easily physically locate the asset. Since the location function would likely add cost to the inventory function only device, the location/inventory function device has the ability to chain inventory function only devices. Chain allows the inventory function only devices to benefit from and use the functions the parent location device. Each inventory function only device would have an up and down physical port or jack. The location/inventory function device would only have a down physical port or jack. This scheme allows one location/inventory device to be...