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Automatic Authenticated Inventory System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126857D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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Method to automate physical asset tracking of computer equipment using Trusted Computing Group and Global Positioning System technologies

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Automatic Authenticated Inventory System

Many large corporations manually track the location of their Information Technology (IT) equipment such as computers. This task becomes more cumbersome as the numbers of computers grows and as equipment is added or removed from inventory. Tracking the location of hundreds or thousands of computers in this manner can be time consuming, costly, and error prone.

This proposal suggests a way to use Trusted Computing Group and Global Positioning (GPS) technology to automatically track the location of computer inventory.

The Trusted Computing Group industry specification provides a method to embed the computer's identity into the computer's Central Processing Unit (CPU). This is a private key, embedded in the computer's CPU, that uniquely identifies the computer.

GPS technology is becoming increasing more affordable and it now available in a wide variety of consumer products such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs).

This idea proposes creating an inventory system that would listen for a computer to send out a daily beacon signal of its GPS position encoded with the CPU's Trusted Computing Group private key. The beacon would be transmitted as an IP broadcast packet. The inventory system would decode the broadcast packets with the public key, determine the computer's location, and update the computer's location inventory information.

In the event a computer was not on the network, this idea could be extended to broadcast the uni...