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Using wireless proximity authentication function to control theft detection/alarm device configuration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022447D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 6K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Anti-theft devices using motion sensing technology for portable computing equipment such as laptops have been available in the marketplace. This invention provides an automatic way to arm and disarm the anti-theft mechanism using radio frequency proximity technology.

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Using wireless proximity authentication function to control theft detection/alarm device configuration

1. Background

For sometime now theft of portable computing equipment such as laptops has been a major security issue for IT and individual users. Laptops are stolen for the valuable company data on them and/or for their asset value via theft rings in "office sweeps" or in airports and other business traveler's locations. Anti-theft products have been introduced using motion sensing technologies to try to determine unauthorized movement of a laptop such as the during the act of stealing. If motion is detected, an alarm progressively sounds louder. This requires the authorized user of the device to manually "arm" the motion sensing capability when going away from the computing device and to "disarm" it when returning. This arming/disarming procedure typically uses passwords, either inputted via keyboard or via picking up the computing device and moving it in certain directions to constitute a "motion password." The procedure is manual, takes time, can be prone to error, and is certainly not convenient. A more automated method is needed to ensure that the user easily can use the anti-theft capability, especially in public meeting / travelling spaces when he or she needs to step away for a moment.
2. Summary of Invention

The invention combines a portable proximity Radio Frequency ID (RFID) device token function (proximity token) with the anti-theft motion sensing and alarm technology in the portable computing equipment.The proximity token is carried on the person of the authorized user and identifies that person to an application or c...