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The A740 Rack Locator is an infrared (IR) signaling unit designed for use in IT data centers with open or closed server racks. When deployed in concert with IR-enabled tags (including the R104-i IR-Enabled IT Asset Tag, R114-i IR-Enabled Flex Mount Tags, and A750 Room Locators) the system provides a method of locating tagged assets with rack-level precision. Each Rack Locator transmits an infrared pulse pattern containing a unique 4-digit location code. The intensity of the IR transmissions can be adjusted to achieve complete coverage for open or closed racks with minimal bleed-over to adjacent racks.
IR-enabled tags monitor their environment for incoming IR signals and periodically report both their own unique ID and the applicable IR location code. Tag transmissions are processed in real-time to quickly locate and identify tagged assets with rack-level accuracy, for open or closed racks. A750 Room Locators can be used to illuminate larger coverage zones (e.g., receiving and staging areas) with a typical radius of 35 feet. Coverage zones are limited by solid physical structures such as rack doors and walls, however IR transmits within line-of-sight, and signal bouncing effectively floods a coverage zone with the location code.
The A740 has a unique form factor consisting of a small control box and two flexible LED banks. Powered by a 100-240 V power supply w/ IEC connector and US cord, the A740 Rack Locator will perform reliably in temperature environments from -20 to +70 degrees Celsius. With simple installation, modular design and low price, Rack Locators provide an economical solution to a variety of asset tracking problems. Large populations of assets can be monitored using a single reader. Since the location of tagged asset is determined via IR location reports, there is no need for redundant readers, signal strength calculations or complicated triangulation algorithms.