The fight against Ram raiders and PC thieves has been given a boost thanks to a new worldwide database.
Asset Registry, Asset Software International's Internet-enabled database, logs details such as a system's chassis serial number, processor type, model name, internal asset tag and the serial number of the monitor.
The information allows potential used-PC buyers to check the history of the equipment they might be about to purchase. Anything that doesn't ring true can be looked into more closely.
Gordon Reilly, ASI president and CEO, said: 'Asset Registry will eventually lower the thief's incentive to steal registered PC components. Any police force on the planet can determine rightful ownership.'
The scheme is backed by Compaq, which said its range of Deskpro products can use their built-in Intelligent Management system to remotely log all their details on the database on a corporate basis.
Steve Jackson, UK senior desktop product manager at Compaq, said: 'We are excited by the potential of projects such as this ASI initiative.'
Scotland Yard, the FBI, Interpol and even the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have all been named as forces with access to the database.
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