Target has been granted a patent for a system involving a processor on a computing device that communicates with a baseboard management controller to detect malfunctions. The system determines whether to send an event message to a central controller on a network based on the received response and current state. GlobalData’s report on Target gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Target, Treatment progress monitoring was a key innovation area identified from patents. Target's grant share as of January 2024 was 86%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Monitoring system for computing device malfunction detection

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Target Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11880266B2) discloses a system and method for monitoring and managing malfunctions in computing devices. The patent claims describe a processor executing a monitoring module that communicates with a baseboard management controller to identify malfunctions in the computing device. Upon detecting a malfunction, the monitoring module determines whether to send an event message to a central controller on the network based on the frequency of similar malfunction events received. By analyzing the current state of the monitoring module, the system aims to prevent the transmission of false event messages, thereby improving the overall efficiency of the monitoring process.

Furthermore, the patent claims also detail a system comprising multiple computing devices, each equipped with a processor executing an agent to handle malfunction information obtained from the baseboard management controller. The system includes a central event message handler on a server that receives event messages from the computing devices and decides on appropriate actions. Each monitoring module within the agent is responsible for specific malfunctions, updating its state based on received information to make informed decisions on transmitting event messages. This approach ensures that only relevant and accurate malfunction notifications are sent across the network, reducing unnecessary alerts and enhancing the system's overall performance and reliability.

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