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A Method and Apparatus to Automate the Locating of Computing Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110203D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cook, TE: AUTHOR

Abstract

Managing devices connected to a computer system requires a variety of manual tasks. Most users record the location of devices connected to the computer by maintaining a document such as a chart, a floor diagram, or a detailed inventory listing, which contains the exact location of each device in the computer room, in individual offices, or in other locations.

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A Method and Apparatus to Automate the Locating of Computing Devices

      Managing devices connected to a computer system requires a
variety of manual tasks.  Most users record the location of devices
connected to the computer by maintaining a document such as a chart,
a floor diagram, or a detailed inventory listing, which contains the
exact location of each device in the computer room, in individual
offices, or in other locations.

      This document is used for any task which requires the physical
device location.  Such tasks include routine maintenance operations,
failure analysis, repair, power on, IPL (i.e., boot, IML, etc.),
recabling and reconfigurations of systems, etc.

      The document needs to be updated whenever a change occurs, but
as the number of devices connected to a system increases, including
many in remove locations, this task becomes very difficult and the
document is often inaccurate.

      Inaccuracies may hinder the ability for operations personnel to
rapidly locate failing devices, or devices which require maintenance,
especially when these devices operate unattended.

      Disclosed is a method to overcome this problem.  Each device
connected to the computer is equipped with a facility which
determines its exact location on earth.  The location specification
includes longitude, latitude and vertical coordinates, at a precision
sufficient to physically find the device (e.g., if the device is
indoors, these coordinates...