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Method and Apparatus to Facilitate IT Asset Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000216923D
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

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Abstract

The invention enables asset administrators to collect computer identity and its BIOS information by radio frequency technology integrated with computer BIOS. It can gather this information without power, and avoid to electromagnetic screening of cabinet due to deploy RFID out of cabinet and increase communication distance by adopting powered passive RFID.

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Method and Apparatus to Facilitate IT Asset Management

In data center and an enterprise, there are usually lots of computer devices, such as servers, desktops, lap-tops and so on. To manage these IT assets, it usually spends IT administrator many efforts. Current approach is to manually check these assets during annual organization auditing. Asset management includes not only identifying what one device is and where it is, but also collecting device configuration information, such as password settings, memory number etc.

The problem solved by the invention is on how to effectively track IT asset and collect IT asset configuration information, even without booting up the device.

The invention enables asset administrators to collect computer identity and its BIOS information by radio frequency technology integrated with computer BIOS. It can gather this information without power, and avoid to electromagnetic screening of cabinet due to deploy RFID out of cabinet and increase communication distance by adopting powered passive RFID.

The apparatus includes a RFID module where is deployed out of cabinet and its memory is integrated with main board. BIOS module can store configuration information to memory during booting up. BIOS battery provides power to RFID. RFID can get information from memory on power available. RFID reader can access device identity and BIOS information collected and cached in RFID memory.

Once the machine boots up, BIOS information is stored int...