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Implementation

 

Physical installation of tags and racks

The physical installation of the RackTRACK hardware in the rack and tagging of rack assets is streamlined and easy.  If you have an accurate inventory of the rack asset average installation time is about 1 hour.

RackTRACK SYSTEM SET-UP

RackTRACK allows the installer to quickly and seamlessly associate assets with the Asset Tags and racks with the RackTRACK Strip using the free RackTRACK Implementation Application.

The RackTRACK Implementation Application is used by the installer while at the rack. First, the unique Asset and Rack names are imported from your existing asset database into the RackTRACK Implementation App. Then, using the RackTRACK Implementation App, the installer searches for and finds the Asset Name and/or Rack Name, scans the barcode on the Strip and/or Asset Tag and clicks “Associate”. The Asset Name and/or Rack Name are written to the EPROM chip on the Asset Tag and/or Strip. Saving it this information to the Strip and the Asset Tag eliminates the need for association tables. Simple, one-click set-up!

HOW DOES RackTRACK WORK?

Once the hardware installation is complete and the asset and rack names are written to the Asset Tags and Strips, the RackTRACK Controller continually monitors the Asset Tags connected to the Strip. When Asset Tags are added or removed from the rack, the Controller immediately recognizes the event and instantly sends an alert. No middleware translation is required.

Additionally, commands can be sent from the FastStart application or the third-party system to control the LEDs at each rack U on the Strips. The Strip has embedded LEDs at each rack U position that displays red, blue or green upon command from the Controller. The different LED colors are user-defined and can indicate where a new server is to be installed, to reserve open rack space, to identify an asset that needs maintenance, etc.

Information regarding the Rack Name/Strip and Asset Name/Asset Tags associations, the connected Asset Tags, and any illuminated LEDs is stored in the Controller’s persistent memory. Saving this data ensures that if the Controller loses power or a Strip is disconnected, the Controller will know what was in place before the event occurred and be able to report any changes during power loss reliably and accurately