Logistics, and school identification.

Daniel Drake dsd at laptop.org
Mon May 4 09:44:40 EDT 2009

2009/5/4 Martin Langhoff <martin.langhoff at gmail.com>:
> Following the blog entry, the inventory system you mention has the SN
> and UUID for all the machines, as well as the classroom and school. I
> have a few questions about it...

Let's be careful with the term "UUID"
Quanta generates a UUID which corresponds to the SN and stores it in
manufacturing data, which is used for things like leases.
Additionally, the Paraguay inventory system generates a unique ID
which we generate a barcode from. So there are really 2 UUIDs per
laptop now. The inventory system stores both (the quanta-UUID is used
for generating leases)

>  - What the format of the school identifier? For the classroom?

5 components:
1. City (always Caacupé at the moment)
2. School (identified by number, all schools are numbered here)
3. Shift (morning or afternoon -- with a couple of exceptions, kids
only get half a day of school)
4. Grade (1 through 6)
5. Section (A,B,C,...) - basically when there are multiple classrooms
for one grade due to number of students, this identifies the class

For example, a label that we affix to a box of 5 laptops might say:

Caacupé :: 40 :: Turno mañana :: Tercer grado :: Sección B (7)

(caacupé, school nr #40 tte fariña, 3rd grade, section b)

The final number identifies how many boxes are assigned to go to that
classroom as a quick way of verifying that all assigned laptops have
been received -- just before handout starts, there should be 7 boxes
of laptops in the classroom.

The same info, minus the (7), is printed on the label that is affixed
inside the laptop, plus: student name, barcode,

>  - Can the SN, UUID,classroom, school data be exported to a CSV file
> or something similar?


>  - Can I get my hands on a sample file? :-)

A sample file of what?

>  - How are updates to the information handled? Does the inventory get
> updated when new laptops are sent to a school? Does it handle
> blacklisting (marking an XO as broken or stolen), replacement, etc?

Yes, all of the above. It's done through a web interface.

How does this line up with XS plans?


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