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Automated Physical Asset Location via Remotely Modulated Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000222580D
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 18K

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Tom Rutledge: INVENTOR

Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for locating a device in a data centre facility. The method and system utilizes sensors in a closed loop system to help locate devices in a data centre.

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Automated Physical Asset Location via Remotely Modulated Devices

Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for locating a device in a data centre facility.  The method and system utilizes sensors in a closed loop system to help locate devices in a data centre.

 

Description

Typically, machines get misplaced by persons in data centers or data centers have poorly maintained records on host physical locations.  Therefore there is a need for a method and system to help uniquely identify location of a particular device.  In an exemplary embodiment, a host device can be equipped with a toggle lamp which is externally visible.  However, such an arrangement does not uniquely identify hosts as other devices in the data centre could have lights toggling as well.  Therefore, when trying to locate a device, a light is pulsed in a unique way and a sensor device is used to find a match for a single unique pattern which is associated with that particular device.  In a camera or augmented reality system the sensor device would navigate around the data center trying to locate blinking lights which are a match.  Such a location method could extend to other mediums beyond visible light. 

In an exemplary illustration, for a host equipped with a speaker a unique pattern could be distributed via sound and received by a microphone.  In other exemplary illustrations, a method and system could generate signals through disk or network activity lights, through disk sound emissions due to synchronized disk activity, fan modulation or similar activities to help locate a host.  Electromagnetic emissions may even be used with a suitable antenna.  Alternately, heat may be coupled with a thermal imaging device to act as a sensor.

Accordingly, consider an arrangement of a single machine coupled with a lamp and a mobile sensor platform.  The mobile sensor and the camera are used to detect blinking lights on a device a...