Secure IT assets with
Enterprises are investing heavily in information technology (IT), often
without proper asset management. Studies by the Gartner Group show that the real cost of a
computer grows to 2.6 times the initial investment over a period of five years. IT
equipment is not just office computers but also office machines, portable computing
devices and mobile phones which are easily lost or stolen. IBM has published figures that
show computer theft reaches millions of euros every year. The cost to the company can be
purely financial (replacing the stolen item) or strategic when confidential data falls
into the wrong hands.
The TSAOMI project has developed a new means of combating these problems, by providing
a simple, yet powerful tool to manage valuable IT assets. Using both wired and wireless
tagging, the Keylan system protects both fixed and mobile assets such as personal
computers (PCs), fax machines and printers by providing round the clock monitoring of each
item. The system blocks any attempt to remove, open or damage the equipment. For mobile
assets the system continuously tracks their location and introduces a method of user
responsibility for each item.
Keylan is designed to blend seamlessly into an IT environment to manage fixed and
mobile assets across all sites of an enterprise. It can provide an up-to-date inventory
showing where things are located. This can eliminate the need for the annual inventory,
where the resulting information often becomes quickly out-of-date.
Visitors may attempt to remove a PC from the TSAOMI stand and see what happens! The
project is also announcing the release of version 2 of the software with its new features
(phone extension support, etc).