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Method and System for Asset Tracking using Non-volatile Memory and Computer Peripheral Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249023D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 69K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for tracking and providing data about objects/assets using non-volatile memory and computer peripheral interfaces.

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Method and System for Asset Tracking using Non-volatile Memory and Computer Peripheral Interfaces

Consider a Host Bus Adapter (HBA) card that is used in servers to connect to devices such as, but not limited to, storage devices. In order to obtain the serial number and a model of the HBA, it is necessary to either get the information from the box the HBA was shipped in or install special software on the server operating system that is able to query the HBA or physically remove the card and look for the information printed on the board. From an inventory control/asset tracking perspective, the methods mentioned above are not always practical. For instance, if a data center administrator wants to know the serial numbers and card types in servers, the data center administrator must use one of the above mentioned methods to obtain the information. However, the data center administrator, often, has no access to the server operating system, and the card, being in the server, is already out of the box, which has likely been discarded. Additionally, because the server may be a production server, the data center administrator cannot remove the card to check the information. Also, if the card has been placed in a server and the information is recorded elsewhere and if the card is moved without updating the location information, tracking becomes very difficult.

Disclosed is a method and system for tracking and providing data about objects/assets using non-volatile memory and computer peripheral interfaces. The method and system can be implemented on devices such as, but not limited to, audio cards, video cards, Ethernet cards, mainboards, interface cards, power supplies, televisions, tablets, lab tops, notebooks, smartphones, cameras and server chassis.

The method and system consists of an integrated circuit (IC), Erasable Programmable Read-only Memory (EPROM) or One Time Programmable Non-volatile Memory (OTP NVM) (hereafter referred to as 'storage media') that is flashed with information such as, but not limited to, part number, part serial number, vendor ID and product label. The storage media is connected to an item in such a way that if the item is powered on, the storage media is powered on as well. Further, the storage media can also be connected to a computer peripheral interface port that provides power from an attached reader in the event the item is powered off.

Further, a reader attaches to the port and accesses the programmed required information. The interface provides access to only the storage media and does not allow any sort of interaction with the rest of the product. For example, the reader interface cannot be used to tap data flows in or out of the product. Also, the method and system is advantageous over Radio-Frequency Ident...