To Infinity and Beyond, itemit’s Journey to Space!

To Infinity and Beyond, itemit’s Journey to Space!

To Infinity and Beyond, itemit’s Journey to Space!

itemit is all set to help Teachers in Space complete their mission!

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itemit are pleased to announce our recent involvement with Teachers in Space’s project ‘postcards to space’. Teachers in space have been a client of itemit’s since the end of 2021, and what an exciting client they’ve been! It has been great fun from the minute they reached out to us looking for an asset tracking solution to help them with their space mission. 

Teachers in Space are a nonprofit educational organisation based in North America. Their aim is to encourage students to have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In particular, they achieve this by offering space experiences and flight opportunities to teachers, as well as offering opportunities to meet scientists at NASA and other commercial space companies. This allows teachers to learn the industry and pass back their knowledge to students, who they aim to inspire to take on careers in the space industry. Teachers in space was originally inspired by NASA’s teacher in space programme dating back to the 90s, their aim is to continue NASA’s original mission and get teachers flying to space.

Postcards to space is their latest project in which they have teamed up with Blue Origin’s nonprofit Club for the Future. This project has seen students design postcards by writing and drawing what they visualise the future of life in space to look like. Their main aim is to put the student-made postcards onto a flight into the upper atmosphere and straight into space. But before they could do this, the postcards had to embark on a journey. This journey saw the postcards start off at the students’ schools in New York, make there way to Cedar Park, Texas and then onto their final location at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California where the final stage of the mission will take place by sending the postcards into space via Firefly Aerospace’s 2nd orbital rocket flight. 

Along the way, the postcards took part in a separate mission back on March 17th. A high altitude balloon mission was carried out which saw the balloon travel 72.47 miles from the launch site in Blodgett Mills, NY to Cherry Valley, NY. The maximum height the balloon reached was 86,545 ft with the highest speed recorded as 93mph. This was just the start of the mission, although this balloon wouldn’t reach space it would reach higher parts of the atmosphere. After this the postcards were retrieved from the balloon landing and safely transported on to Vandenberg Space Force Base and integrated into the payload bay of Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha orbital rocket.

Now we’ve filled you in on this exciting mission, let’s take a look at where itemit comes in! To be able to uniquely identify the students postcards, Teachers in Space have used itemit’s QR tags. By assigning a QR tag to each postcard, they can be uniquely told apart and their journey can also be tracked! Along each step of the postcard’s journey, each QR tag was scanned using the itemit app, which updates the postcard’s last seen location. Our last seen location feature has provided students with updates on the location of their postcard and meant they were able to see the journey they’ve taken before safely arriving ready for the final flight. Thanks to our handy map feature, you can also visually see a map to show the movement each postcard has made before it reaches its take off! Pretty cool right? If you’d like to track the journey of your assets, equipment or even something belonging to your own mission then get in touch with our team today at team@itemit.com, we’d be happy to help!

Teachers in space’s project will see an orbital launch with Firefly Aerospace take place in September 2022, get ready and keep watch for take off! If you’d like to take part additional postcards will fly on Blue Origin Launches. Start your own Postcard to Space here

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Getting started with RFID

Getting started with RFID

Getting started with RFID

It’s time to start tracking your assets with RFID. RFID asset tracking is similar to using barcodes or QR codes to monitor the movement of assets but with RFID you can unlock greater levels of automation, transparency, and control. RFID asset tracking enables you to audit, manage and track assets with minimal risks and enhanced operations. No matter the size or type of industry your business belongs to, the benefits of using RFID to track assets remain the same: reduce costs, increase asset visibility, and maximise workplace efficiency. 

What is RFID and How Does It Work?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and works by using radio frequencies to broadcast the location of the tagged asset. RFID asset tracking is essentially the linking of real-life assets to online profiles. To do this, an RFID tag that uniquely identifies an asset is physically attached to it. The tag data is stored in an online asset management system where you can add crucial information such as maintenance information and user manuals. Every time the tag is scanned the asset location is automatically updated in the online register. 

How To Use RFID Asset Tracking Software

How to Get Started With RFID Asset Tracking

There are two main pieces of equipment you need for RFID asset tracking: tags and readers. Both tags and readers come in various forms so it’s important to familiarise yourself with the different options available. There are a few key features to consider, namely battery power, radio frequency, tag memory, tag size and shape, and cost. Getting to know the features and capabilities of the different types of tags and readers will help you make the right choice when it comes to your business.  

RFID Tags

There are two main types of RFID tags: passive and active.The tag power system defines which type of system it is.

Passive Tags

Passive tags rely on the tag reader for power and, as a result, have a transmission range of a few metres. As they don’t have an internal battery, passive tags are small in size and typically last around 20 years resulting in a lower tag cost. Their small size also means they are able to fit into almost any package or product, making passive tags a great choice for tracking inventory, supply chain management, and access control. 

Active tags

Active tags are typically larger in size than passive tags but usually no bigger than a smartphone. This type of tag incorporates a transmitter with a battery in a single unit. They have significant data memory and can transmit up to 2000 metres continuously or when activated by a reader’s radio signal. Their ability to cover great distances make them popular in the construction, mining, oil and gas industries. Active tags can also include environmental sensors that collect data on temperature, moisture and other metrics to help protect high-value and sensitive assets. 

The most significant difference between active and passive RFID tags is that an active tag has a battery and a passive tag does not. Although an active tag can communicate at a much longer range, a passive RFID tag is often still the preferred choice as it is significantly cheaper at the point of sale as well as longer term since passive tags do not require battery replacements. In most use cases, having a shorter read range is an advantage as you can be confident that the tagged item is right in front of you or the reader. 

RFID Readers

To use RFID for asset tracking you need a reader. RFID readers transmit and receive radio frequencies, meaning they can read and write information to an RFID tag and to an asset tracking database where the data is stored, evaluated, and actioned. An RFID reader is the brain of the RFID system, without it the system can’t function. RFID readers come in two main types: handheld readers and fixed readers. Unlike barcodes and QR codes, RFID asset tracking doesn’t require a line of sight for scanning. With RFID asset tracking, your reader picks up the RFID tag. 

Handheld Readers

Handheld readers are completely mobile making them the ideal solution for on-the-go applications like stocktaking multiple assets. The great benefit of this type of reader is its combination of flexibility and functionality. 

Fixed Readers

Fixed readers offer a more powerful solution but are positioned in a fixed location at your site or building. This type of reader normally requires an external antenna that can track the direction the asset is moving in. You can position fixed readers at tactical positions across your sites and any movement an asset goes through will be automatically logged. This enables your online register to be continually updated without the need for any manual interaction. The greater level of automation makes fixed readers ideal for warehouses, store rooms, hospitals, laboratories and many more large-scale operations.

itemit’s RFID Asset Tracking Solutions

RFID asset tracking lets you know where your asset is every step of the way, from checking in to checking out and everything in between. Whether it’s expensive artwork, equipment or critical hospital and medical devices, you can track any asset using itemit’s RFID technology. With itemit you can combine the advantages of handheld and fixed readers by using them in tandem. Enjoy the freedom of movement that comes with handheld readers along with the full automation of fixed readers. And with a fixed reader, you’ll know instantly if an asset has gone missing. Use itemit’s award-winning fixed RFID asset tracking functionality for full, off-the-shelf automation. itemit is your one-stop shop for RFID readers, tags and software. Get everything you need to manage your readers, collect tag data and deliver timely information.

To find out more about itemit’s equipment loan software and how it will help you, you can contact our team at team@itemit.com that’s always happy to answer your queries. You can also fill in the form below to start your 14-day free trial.

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Why Asset Tracking is a Must For Saving Money

Why Asset Tracking is a Must For Saving Money

Why Asset Tracking is a Must For Saving Money

Here at itemit, we understand the importance of asset tracking software. Additionally, we’re aware of all the benefits that this software can bring. However, those who are unfamiliar with asset tracking may not understand that this software can help users to save money.

How A Fixed Asset Register Saves Your Business Time And Money


Eliminates Ghost Assets and Inaccuracies

The right asset tracking software helps to eliminate ghost assets. These are assets that have been stolen, lost, or damaged. Assets such as these may still be recorded in an inventory. This ultimately means that businesses will not have as many assets as they believe. 

Ghost assets could be costing businesses money. They may still be paying insurance and tax on the assets, even though they’re not being used. However, when tracking software is used, inaccuracies are minimised, as are ghost assets. 

When assets are tracked using a QR tag, users can trace where they last were. By simply logging in to itemit’s software, users can see the asset’s last-known location. Should an asset be misplaced, it can easily be found. Should an asset become damaged, users can report the damage to the maintenance team who can repair it. As soon as the asset is repaired, it could be ready for use once more.


Monitors Asset Lifecycle

The entire lifecycle of an asset can be tracked with ease. Upon procurement of assets, each asset’s details can be entered into itemit’s software. Users can then monitor the asset’s lifestyle by seeing how often it is used, who uses the asset, its condition, how well the asset is performing, and much more. 

Users can have data that shows how often parts are replaced and how many times the asset needs servicing. Additionally, users can closely monitor an asset’s devaluation, so it’s clear when assets need to be replaced.


Can Be Accessed On The Go

itemit’s asset tracking software can be accessed on the go. Users do not need to be in an office or sitting in front of a computer. Rather, they can access the tracking software via an app. The app in question can be downloaded onto a mobile phone or tablet. This helps to make tracking so much easier, and more convenient. 

As long as the assets in question have a QR tag attached, the data can be accessed. Users simply need to log in to the software and select the assets they wish to track. Within moments, it is possible for users to see where assets are located and so much more. 

There is no need for a user to be sitting in their office. As long as they have access to the internet, they can access their asset list via the web or itemit’s handy app! This means that asset tracking is easier than ever before.


Increases Productivity

It’s not uncommon for employees to look for assets. They may move between offices or even sites to find the assets that they need. During this time, they are not undertaking a task. Rather, they are spending and potentially even wasting time looking for assets. 

When asset tracking software is used, there is little to no need to search for an asset. The asset in question can be tracked within sections. Employees can see where the asset they need is, and retrieve it quickly. This helps to increase productivity and helps to prevent wasted time. 

Employees can now undertake tasks much quicker which can only be good for the business. 


Improves Traceability

The right asset tracking software ensures that assets can be tracked instantly. This can be very advantageous in terms of traceability as users can draw out routes that drivers can take. Asset management can therefore improve as vehicles will be within the desired boundaries. This results in better tracking while reducing the risk of assets being displaced. 

Businesses that have a lot of assets can find using itemit’s software something of a lifeline. Every single asset can be tracked and traced. This helps to eliminate guesswork and ensures that employees are more likely to work within the desired boundaries at all times.


Use itemit’s Asset Tracking Software

itemit’s asset tracking software can help businesses everywhere to start saving money. It’s more important than ever before that money is saved. With costs rising, the importance of tracking assets is even greater than before. Users can locate their assets, understand the life cycle, and eliminate ghost assets. Productivity can be increased and traceability could be improved. This is all thanks to the way that itemit’s tracking software works. 

Reach out to our friendly team today to discuss how itemit’s tracking software can help you. You can reach the team at team@itemit.com. Alternatively, you may wish to start a 14-day Free Trial. You can begin to reap the benefits of using convenient asset tracking software that can save you money.

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How Can Asset Tracking Software Help SME’s?

How Can Asset Tracking Software Help SME’s?

How Can Asset Tracking Software Help SME’s?

Effective asset management lays the foundation for any business, big or small, yet smaller businesses often put asset tracking to the bottom of their priority list. It can be tricky to find the resources to invest in managing your assets when there are so many other things to consider. But effective asset management can be the key to unlocking success. With asset tracking software, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can greatly enhance their asset visibility, maintenance, financial audits, and inventory management.

5 Reasons Why You Should Use An Asset Register


Why Asset Tracking is Important for SMEs

Asset tracking software can give SMEs the control they need to both optimise and scale up their business.

There are many challenges SMEs face when it comes to asset management. One crucial point is that small businesses typically have fewer assets, making each one more valuable. If one asset were to breakdown, get lost or be stolen then this could have a profound effect on the productivity of the business.

Small businesses often rely on manual approaches to asset management, namely spreadsheets, that are prone to human error. This can result in inaccurate data and poor inventory management, severely impacting the visibility and control over the business’ operations.

Asset tracking software offers a solution to these problems through a friendly, straightforward interface that allows you to access all your assets’ data in one place.


The Benefits of Asset Tracking Software for SMEs


1. One Centralised System

A major benefit of asset tracking software for SMEs is that you can manage your entire inventory of assets from a single place. All the information you need about an asset, from where it is, who has it to what state it is in, is readily accessible.

Having a centralised system with an overall view of all your assets greatly helps with inventory management. Asset tracking software can help to track, manage, and control inventory all from a single dashboard. Users can view stock levels, be alerted when parts and supplies are running low, and even re-order new items when necessary to avoid stock levels becoming depleted.


2. Eliminate Manual Processes

Asset tracking software offers automated solutions that can greatly speed up mundane and repetitive tasks. The software can track the lifecycle of your assets and notify you when maintenance is due. This can help to maximise the life of your assets and also assess the depreciation of them.

As advanced as spreadsheets have become they are still largely a manual process, meaning they are highly error prone and not ideal for long-term data storage. They also don’t guard data integrity and offer little to no protection from data corruption.


3. On-the-go Asset Management

With itemit you can keep track of your assets on the go thanks to our mobile app. The simplicity of the mobile app design allows you to quickly and easily pull out your mobile device to check and update your assets at a moment’s notice.

With the app and the web portal, you can track the movement of your assets without being tied to a desk. itemit provides a fast and accurate way to store and track your most valuable assets.


4. Reports and Analytics

The reporting capabilities of asset tracking software put it leagues above cumbersome and time-consuming spreadsheets. Using the software to monitor and track your assets will allow you to identify bottlenecks, make more informed decisions, improve your delivery and generate reports at the click of a button. You can easily log dates that assets have been purchased, inspected, and checked in or out by staff.

With itemit you can view your entire asset register in one place and pull all the information together into customisable and exportable reports. This will help you keep on top of financial audits.


5. A Scalable System

All small businesses share a common goal: growth. Managing a small number of assets in a spreadsheet may seem doable for now but sooner or later it will become unmanageable. Asset tracking software provides a system that grows with your business. It’s easy to scale up when you have a smart system with an automated workflow.

As a business grows, it makes sense to use a tool that allows maximum integration between different business functions. Asset tracking software does just that. This is a major benefit since it provides clarity and understanding of how different areas of the business are performing and behaving. As a result, your business is in a better position to budget and forecast.


itemit’s Asset Tracking Software

Effective asset tracking management lays the right foundations for SMEs to flourish and grow.
Our IT asset tracking software is scalable, transparent, and efficient. With a fully-equipped suite of helpful features, from equipment check-in and check-out functionality to smart reporting capabilities, you can seamlessly update and improve your current processes. It’s time to finally get rid of those spreadsheets and empower your business.

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How itemit Can Help Those in The Film Production Industry

How itemit Can Help Those in The Film Production Industry

How itemit Can Help Those in The Film Production Industry

For those of us that have not been on a film set, or worked in film production, it is difficult to imagine just how many moving parts there are to the film making machine! If you work in film, you will know only too well that there is way more to think about than just pointing the camera in the right direction!

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Asset Tracking Challenges in Film

Lots of Assets      

Let’s start with a big one! There can be a huge amount of assets involved at every step of the production process. Lights, mics, booms, tripods, light reflectors, editing equipment, lenses, the list is long and gets bigger depending on the size of the production. Needless to say, this is a logistical nightmare to keep on top of.

Multiple Companies

Most productions rely on various teams and companies to work collaboratively to bring a vision to fruition. This complicated the asset tracking process. With a central asset tracking software you can make sure you keep track of what is where and who it belongs to, which helps ensure insurance compliance. 

Hired vs Owned

No two productions are the same, so it doesn’t make sense to have equipment that can cope with the largest production, as a lot of the time assets will be gathering dust! So, you need to hire a lot of equipment. This comes with an added risk of spiralling costs if the asset breaks. Asset tracking software lets you back yourself up by guaranteeing that you are compliant with your insurance.


    Approaches to Asset Tracking in Film

    Like all modern asset tracking, film asset tracking relies heavily on tagging. Let’s look at the most common and effective asset tracking technologies and how they apply to the film production industry.


    QR Tracking

    Asset tracking with QR code has become a familiar part of our daily lives. QR codes are those squares of dots and black boxes that you see all over the place. These are unique patterns that represent sets of information. This technology is not just a powerful marketing tool, it has huge implications when it comes to asset tracking. They are cheap to produce and can be added to asset tracking software quickly, meaning that you don’t need to spend ages manually tracking assets.


    RFID Tracking

    A real benefit of RFID tracking for film asset tracking is that RFID trackers don’t have to be visible. So if an asset is going to be on camera, you don’t need to worry about hiding a QR code.

    Simply stated, RFID (radio frequency identification) is a means of communicating info about an asset. You can add and delete info as and when needed, which makes them great for using equipment on different sets. 

     


    GPS Tracking

    GPS is a really important part of film production asset tracking. 

    Like QR tracking, we are all using GPS tracking in our day-to-day lives. Most people have a sense of how GPS works, but for the sake of thoroughness, let’s remind ourselves how this works. GPS stands for ‘Global Positioning System.’ GPS trackers are linked to satellites which send signals that let us know the location of the tracked object. There is a tracker in every smartphone, SatNav and a range of other handheld devices.

    When it comes to film production the applications are vast. Production schedules are often have a variety of different locations at which they need to set up quickly and capture content efficiently. Multiple GPS trackers without a central database is a little like talking to an empty room. The information is out there, but no one can manage and react to it.

    When it comes to asset management GPS is probably most commonly used with vehicles. Production companies can keep track of where vehicles are at time. This makes it possible to streamline the production process.

    So far, we have focussed largely on production companies. Of course, there are a variety of disparate businesses that specialise in the film-making or production industries. For example, catering. Most large-scale productions have catering trucks to feed the masses of technical staff and on-screen talent. A large catering firm that is working on multiple sets, can really benefit from a central system for tracking vehicles.

    However, this is not the only application of GPS technology. Trackers can be added to individual items and scanners which make it possible to find the locations of smaller items that have been checked out. For example lighting rigs and cameras.

    By focusing on idle and underused hardware, Hardware Asset Management helps you get the most out of your assets. You can accurately keep track of your hardware inventory and avoid overspending on hardware assets that end up on shelves. 

    Having a clear overview of your hardware inventory and knowing what is available will let you avoid purchasing hardware that you already have.

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    Use itemit to for Film Asset Tracking

    Not only can itemit give you access to all the features described above, it has been built to scale with your production. That means that whether you are working on a small scale short film, or a feature length production, itemit can support you. If you are a production company working on multiple films, you can use itemit for each without purchasing new licences. You can assign equipment to the production so that you can look ahead at your filming schedule and work out what additional equipment you need to hire or purchase.

    Furthermore, you can use asset management software to track the location of your assets. Ensuring that all equipment is where it needs to be and the right people are in charge of it! Itemit turns a monumental logistical challenge into a digitally powered, streamlined system.

    We understand that it is vital that productions are working to incredibly tight budgets and filming schedules. itemit is cost-effective both as an initial investment and in terms of providing a measurable, fast return on investment.

    That’s why itemit adds value to a production. We understand that a great idea on paper that is poorly implemented or half-baked creates more issues than solutions. itemit have completed multiple successful implementations. We are confident that once your new system is in place, you will immediately see the benefit of relying on automated asset tracking software.

    If you are using spreadsheets as a film production asset register, then asset tracking software is a guaranteed upgrade that will take the stress out of complex filming schedules.

    Book a demo today to see all itemit’s features in action. To find out more details, you can always contact our team at team@itemit.com

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