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Asset Tracking System for Networked or Networkable Assets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015865D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In recent years, it has become common for individuals within an organization to have assigned to them one or more personal computers or other assets (printers, scanners, etc.) which may be connected to a network that are small, relatively portable (very portable in the case of notebook computers), but often quite valuable. These assets must be tracked for any number of reasons, including tax purposes, and for the organization to keep tabs on its assets. Often, the information on the asset may be much more valuable than the asset itself. However, these assets often have a limited lifespan, or are useful for certain individuals within an organization for only a period of a year or two, at which time it is advantageous to transfer the asset to another person within the organization with a less critical need. Sloppy book keeping or inefficient or difficult to use tracking systems often results in assets being lost. The recent FBI situation where over a hundred critical laptop computers disappeared highlights this problem. The present invention proposes an entirely new tracking system. Inventories are set up based on a number of criteria, which may include: