The clipboard is on the verge of extinction and is being replaced by tablets, 2 in 1 devices, and other super-portable computers. In places like hospitals and clinics, it can be a headache to keep track of where these mobile devices are. Attaching battery-powered radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to sleek mobile devices is cumbersome. Now, Intel has come up with a solution that even Steve Jobs would consider elegant even though it is for Windows-based devices. Intel has built a Wi-Fi tag into 4th generation Intel Core vPro processors that enables an indoor location-based services (LBS) solution at no extra cost.
LBS IN A NUTSHELL
Tracking objects with RFID tags is a technology that’s been around for some time. It has been used to develop indoor LBS which makes it possible to determine the location of objects inside a building where other location technologies, such as GPS, are not reliable. Indoor LBS relies on a wireless local area network (LAN) and Wi-Fi tags attached to the tracked objects.
In a nutshell, here’s how indoor LBS works. Wireless access points that are part of the wireless LAN receive data packets from the Wi-Fi tags. The data packets, which contain signal strength data detected by the access points, are forwarded to a server running an LBS application. The LBS application uses the signal strength data together with the mapped coordinates of the wireless access points to calculate the location of an object.
INTEL vPRO TECHNOLOGY WITH LBS
Intel teamed up with AeroScout, a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. and a leading indoor LBS technology developer and provider. The partnership created an indoor LBS solution that takes advantage of Intel vPro technology that is built into 4th generation Intel Core vPro processors. This solution (branded by Intel as “Intel vPro technology with LBS”) integrates AeroScout Wi-Fi active RFID technology directly into business clients with 4th generation Intel Core vPro processors. This solution can locate devices with the latest Intel vPro technology platform (including mobile, 2 in 1, and Ultrabook devices) without having to attach separate tags to them. This makes it possible for IT and end-users to benefit from location information with no additional hardware. Intel vPro technology lets IT remotely configure groups of business clients with 4th generation Intel Core vPro processors instead of configuring tags individually.
The AeroScout Asset Visibility System provides real-time asset location tracking. At no cost, you can download the Intel vPro technology with LBS version of AeroScout software. After installing and configuring the AeroScout Asset Visibility System, users of business clients based on 4th generation Intel Core vPro processor platforms have access to the following built-in asset location use cases:
Find Near Me helps users quickly locate physical assets (conference rooms, printers, building facilities, and equipment) within an enterprise facility.
Enterprise IT asset tracking can help quickly locate devices based on 4th generation Intel Core vPro processor platforms within your campus, even when the device is in sleep mode.
You can use the Intel vPro technology with LBS version of AeroScout software indefinitely to take advantage of these two use cases. AeroScout offers other versions of their software for purchase that provide more features and enable other use cases.
Deployment of the Intel vPro technology with LBS solution requires a wireless LAN infrastructure, detailed maps of the physical infrastructure of the building, installation and configuration of the AeroScout Asset Visibility system, and devices based on 4th generation Intel Core vPro platforms with Intel wireless adapters that are compatible with the solution.
For more information about Intel vPro technology with LBS, visit www.aeroscout.com/IntelLBS.
For more information about 4th generation Intel Core vPro processors, visit www.intel.com/vpro.
For more information about AeroScout, visit www.aeroscout.com.