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Electronic Laptop Lock

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124035D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-06
Document File: 3 page(s) / 120K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This publication defines a method where a mechanical mechanism and a software application may be applied to electronically control the locking and unlocking of a portable lock without the need of a physical key.

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Electronic Laptop Lock

Currently, laptops are secured with a manual lock that the user must obtain the physical key and reach to the back of their laptop to unlock. This becomes troublesome and annoying, especially if the user has additional keys on the same ring as the laptop lock key. Since laptops are mobile, the user may unlock and re-lock their laptops many times in a given day and must repeat the pain-staking process above each and every time to keep their laptop secure. Due to this, many laptops remain unlocked and insecure from theft.

     An electronic lock may be used that is controlled by both hardware and software. This would enable the user to use software to enter a password or touch a biometric device to send a signal to an electronic lock to unlock the laptop.

     Two methods are provided for the solution. Each method has advantages and disadvantages to one another. However, both methods may be combined in one lock unit. For example, a lock may be provided that has a USB connector and a Bluetooth* device where either method of communication may be used. Both methods may be used with existing laptops as there will be no physical changes to the laptop itself except for software.

Note: The following diagrams are only examples, the component configuration may differ as to what is shown.

Method 1:

     An electronic lock may be used that also connects to the laptop's USB device. USB enables power and communication to the laptop lock. The advantage of this is that USB provided power to the lock as well as communication. The disadvantage is that the user must plug the lock into the USB port.

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