Saving power with Wake On Lan

As I was saying to my friend Nick Taylor who’s clued up about identity management, I want my ID card integrated with the IT Wake-on-Lan systems.

When I walk in through the turnstiles, my card fires a message to the IT Asset management system, and if I’ve designated a computer, my machine is woken up, and by the time I arrive it’s ready to log on.

Saves me all of 45 seconds, but could well get at least some of the people who insist on turning their machines off overnight because “they don’t have time to waste”.

Ultimately though, this doesn’t have that much long term use given that everyone is moving towards laptops and wireless.