OT-BASE lets you specify the physical location of a given asset. For this purpose, OT-BASE maintains a definition of locations that you can access and edit in INVENTORY/LOCATIONS.
Required access rights
In order to be able to manage location data, you must be a member of a group witht the permission to modify master data.
The location inventory
The location inventory can be accessed under INVENTORY/LOCATIONS. It features a tree structure where you can expand and collapse nodes that contain sub-nodes.
You can arrange the tree by adding new locations, and by moving locations to different parts of the tree using drag-and-drop.
Details for the location that you have selected are shown in the details pane to the right of the tree. This is where you can edit location data.
The location details pane
In the location details pane you find the following fields:
Location ID. This field is usually set by OT-BASE Asset Discovery.
Description of the location.
This checkbox determines if the location acts as a reference location in the tree segment. A reference location will be highlighted in the location tree. In vulnerability profiles, hardware product profiles, software product profiles etc. devices are grouped by reference locations. The most comman usage of reference locations is to make each site (plant, factory) a reference location.
Street address of the location. You can check the street address by clicking on the globe icon right to the field, which will try to open the address in Google Maps.
GPS coordinates of the location. You can check the GPS coordinates by clicking on the globe icon right to the field, which will try to open the location in Google Maps.
Name of the company that owns the location, if applicable. You may use this field to identify that this location is owned by a particular company, such as a subsidiary.
Floor plan of the location, or other map type, such as geographical map, where you can highlight the exact placement of sub-locations. The use of maps is explained below.
Picture of the location.
Webcam monitoring the location. You can check the link of a webcam that you specify by clicking on the butten right to the field.
Any files that are attached to the location. These files will be displayed in the location profile, from where they can be downloaded.
Below the file box, any extended (user-defined) fields will be displayed that have been defined for locations. In the example above, there is one extended field "Seismic classification". Extended fields can be defined in INVENTORY/EXTENDED.
Editing location data
In order to edit location data, click on the "Edit" button at the bottom of the location details pane. You may have to scroll down in order to see the button.
When you are done with your editing, save changes by clicking on "Save".
The map feature allows you to graphically document the location of cabinets, rooms, buildings etc. on an appropriate map. This is extremely useful for orienting staff members and contractors who are not intimately familiar with location identifiers and descriptions.
In order to use this feature, you first need to make sure that you have defined sub-locations for a given location. (If not, this can be done in a matter of seconds by clicking the "Add" button on top of the location tree.) If sub-locations are defined, a small arrow appers left to the location name, indicating that you can expand and collapse the location.
Maps must be Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). If you want to use a bitmap (PNG, JPG etc.) as a map, you first need to convert it to SVG. This can be done for example using Adobe Photoshop, or the free software Inkscape.
In order to load your SVG, click on "Edit" at the bottom of the location detail pane. Then use right-click on the map field. After having loaded your SVG, you can place your sub-locations on the map with right-click.
After selecting "Place hotspot", a menu appears that lets you pick a sub-location that you want to place. Select the sub-location with left-click.
You can move the sub-location on the map with drag-and-drop. Continue this process until you have placed all sub-locations. Note that you can zoom in and out with the control wheel, and pan by clicking on the map and holding the mouse key pressed.
Don't forget to click "Save" when you're done with your editing.