Asset ID - Information Brief (April 1998)
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What is Asset ID?
Asset ID applies the convenience of radio-frequency technologies to the challenge of managing PCs. The essential component of Asset ID is a radio-frequency interface within each PC that is linked with a system EEPROM. The Asset ID antenna enables communication between the PC and industry standard radio frequency handheld devices (1). The Asset ID EEPROM contains information about the system, including its configuration and the serial numbers of key components. The Asset ID EEPROM also includes a number of blank fields you can record with your choice of end user information.
You can think of Asset ID as the next generation of "bar code" technology, with considerably more convenience and functionality. An Asset ID scanner, for instance, does not need to be pointed at a label, it can read signals whenever it is in close proximity to a radio frequency antenna, even if the PC is still in its carton. And Asset ID does more than just read data-it can also be used to write information to the system's EEPROM chip.
IBM is implementing Asset ID initially in select IBM PCs and IntelliStations. Handheld units will be made available from Asset ID Partners, thirdparty companies who have worked closely with IBM to ensure the compatibility of this technology with industry standards.
A listing of Asset ID Partners is available at http://www.ibm.com/pc/us/desktop/assetid
Imagine receiving a shipment of 50 PCs at your loading dock. Your job is to check the shipment, set up the PCs and ensure that the software each end user needs is loaded on to the appropriate machine. Your boss wants to know when you can have them set up and ready to operate. What do you tell him?
If you had purchased an average PC, the job of deploying fifty of them could take days, or even weeks, depending on how many staff support you have. Fortunately, you bought IBM PCs, so you can look your manager in the eye and say, "I'll have them set up by tomorrow morning."
You know that these IBM PCs are equipped with Asset ID, the latest in a long line of innovations from IBM that help make networked PCs easier to manage. Asset ID is an adaptation of radio-frequency technology that enables you to read and write information to a system EEPROM using a handheld unit.
So, while the PCs are still on the loading dock, before they have even been unpacked from their cartons, you can use your handheld unit to read each system EEPROM to determine its configuration. Based on the system's configuration, you can write who the end user will be and record their software requirements (e.g., this machine has 32MB RAM and a 4.5GB hard drive, so it is assigned to Beth in Marketinq, who needs the standard marketing software image.)
Quick - and - accurate inventory
Asset ID can dramatically reduce the time required to physically inventory your systems, while providing better information than is available from barcode systems. The handheld unit can read data whenever it is placed near a PC, so you no longer have to search for a barcode label.
Since Asset ID is connected to a system EEPROM that contains up-to-the minute information about system components, your inventory can be as detailed and as accurate as if you had removed the chassis and personally inspected each processor, DIMM and hard drive. And an inventory taken using Asset ID can also include system data you have recorded on the EEPROM, such as the identity of the end user and the expiration date of the equipment's lease.
Improve security measures
Asset ID offers a unique way to protect your PCs when used in conjunction with today's increasingly popular radio-frequency security systems. Handheld scanners from Asset ID Partners can be programmed to read the Asset ID radio frequency antenna inside an IBM PC. Security personnel can scan both an employee's badge and an Asset ID-enabled PC to log the system and its contents and to determine if movement by the carrier is authorized. In effect, Asset ID enhances "electronic property pass" applications.
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