What Are The Different Types of Asset Tags?

What Are The Different Types of Asset Tags?

What Are The Different Types of Asset Tags?

Asset tags are designed to help organisations track the location of their assets and provide information on how those assets are behaving. With various options to choose from it can be difficult to work out which type of asset tag is the ideal solution for you and your team. Read on to discover what each type of asset tag has to offer.


QR Tags

You’re probably already familiar with QR codes in your daily life. They’ve become a common feature of modern transactions and are even popping up on advertisements and posters.  QR codes are similar to barcodes but have the capacity to hold much more information. Their 2D design consists of tiny black modules arranged in a square and can be scanned easily by a smartphone camera. This simple design makes QR codes quick and cheap to produce. Plus, this type of asset tag is the most durable and resilient one on the market. 

itemit offers both vinyl QR code stickers and anodised aluminium QR tags that come in various sizes, ranging from 15 to 23 millimetres. Our tags have been developed to be exceptionally durable, so if your tagged assets are going to be subject to extreme or hazardous conditions then this type of QR tag might be the right one for you.


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 are small in size and rely on the tag reader for power and, as a result, have a transmission range of a few metres.They typically last around 20 years and are fairly cheap compared to active tags. Their small size also means they are able to fit into almost any package or product, making passive tags a great choice for tracking equipment, supply chain management, and access control. 

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. 

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.


GPS Tags

GPS asset tracking is a system that uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to track the location of assets in real-time. GPS tags are the most advanced on this list and enable companies to read and record locations in real-time, providing continuous information about an asset’s location. This type of tag is commonly used to track vehicles, trailers, containers, and other types of equipment. However, these detailed insights also make them more expensive than other types of tags.


itemit’s Asset Tags Solutions

itemit offers a range of asset tags so you can find the one to suit your needs, depending upon the nature of your industry and the conditions your assets are exposed. With itemit you can mix and match different asset tracking technologies, so you can use QR, RFID, and GPS tracking all from one system so you can choose the right type of tag for each asset. You can add various details on the tag including manufacturer’s information, maintenance dates and location details. However, the key to maximising rate of return on assets is to deploy asset tracking software.You can use the software to record and store information as well as run asset performance reports, allowing you to identify weak areas and work on them to boost equipment ROIs.

To find out more about itemit’s asset tracking solutions and how they will help you, 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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How to Use itemit for More Than Just Asset Tracking with Public Profiles

How to Use itemit for More Than Just Asset Tracking with Public Profiles

How to Use itemit for More Than Just Asset Tracking with Public Profiles

There’s more to asset tracking than just tracking the location of your assets. That’s why itemit has developed a fantastic feature called Public Profiles. Thanks to the fact that almost everyone these days is carrying their own personal QR code scanner in their pocket, their smartphone, the Public Profiles feature will allow anybody to view basic information about an asset simply by scanning its QR code tag. With this ability reporting issues with assets will not only be reserved for staff but also members of the public. Read on to discover how you can use itemit for more than just asset tracking. 

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What Are Public Profiles?

With this feature anybody can scan your asset, see basic information and report any issues they come across, this is particularly if you have many, customer-facing assets. Now it’s quick and easy for staff, visitors and tenants by scanning an asset’s tag with the camera on their smartphone without the initial need for an itemit account. Once the tag is scanned, a web link will pop up where the user can view the asset’s profile and also report an issue, to do this they will need to sign up to itemit – that way you won’t get sent anything unhelpful. The building manager or owner will then be notified via email of any issues. All issues can be managed from the ‘Issues’ tab in the itemit web portal. But don’t worry, not all your asset information will be available to anyone who comes across your asset tag. By default all your asset data is kept private and secure, you have the choice to turn on the public profile capability and you can turn it off at any time. Note, that the public profiles feature is only available on the Pro workspace.


How Do Public Profiles Help With My Asset Tracking?

In a nutshell, rather than needing your customers or widespread team to sign up to itemit and download the itemit app (which can often be a barrier to usage), now your assets can be scanned by any user so that they can find out more information. Within the public profile you can store information such as user manuals that can help people use your assets more effectively. 

Location issue management is drastically improved with the addition of public profiles for assets. With this feature, facilities and location managers can enable building users, tenants and visitors to quickly report on any issues they find. This means you have the capability to stay informed about your assets’ performance and behaviour without necessarily needing staff present. This improves the speed of reporting as well as providing greater visibility. Think of it as having more eyes and ears on the ground that keep you up to date about your assets. Plus, if your assets are misplaced, then whoever finds them can scan the QR tag, find out who the asset belongs to and get it returned safely to you.


itemit’s Asset Management Software

The Public Profiles feature provides so many fantastic opportunities. St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge is already taking advantage of this great new functionality. Read more about how they are tracking public assets and allowing visitors, tenants and staff to report issues about assets simply by scanning the asset’s QR code. 

If you’re looking for asset tracking software that takes a modern, proactive approach to assets and their management, then take a look at itemit. You’ll get cloud-based software for both iOS and Android apps as well as a powerful desktop portal and a vast range of asset tagging options to choose from.

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Why You Should Manage Your Assets with QR codes

Why You Should Manage Your Assets with QR codes

Why You Should Manage Your Assets with QR codes

Similar to barcodes but packed with a lot more power, QR codes may be small in size but can be incredibly transformative to your operations. QR code stands for a ‘Quick Response Code’ and takes the form of a two-dimensional type of barcode that encodes alphanumeric information such as web page URLs, text, and contact information. Their simplicity, accessibility, and ease of use are making QR codes a popular choice for asset management. Plus, QR code tags are some of the most resistant asset tags on the market. Read on to discover why you should consider QR codes for your asset management.

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The Benefits of QR Codes

There are numerous benefits to using QR codes for your asset management.


Remote Access of Asset Information

One of the great features of QR code tags is that these patterns can be scanned using either a handheld scanner or even your smartphone, meaning you can access asset information from almost anywhere. More or less everyone carries their own personal QR scanning device with them at all times. Unlike manual systems, managing inventory through QR codes allows you to access data from multiple locations. With mobile inventory asset management your team can record and scan assets on the go. Any changes can be recorded as they happen simply by scanning a QR code, this will automatically update the last-seen location in the asset’s profile.


Cheap and Convenient Asset Tags

QR codes are extremely convenient because they can be accessed through multiple mobile devices and easily integrated into third-party applications. Plus, due to the simplicity of the 2D tag itself, QR codes are cheap to produce and can be printed on a range of materials. Compared to a barcode, a QR code can store more information in a smaller area of space. This provides a discrete but effective tracking solution that can be easily hidden out of sight on assets that have limited real-estate space or are on display. 


Low Risk of Damage

Significant delays and inefficiencies happen when an asset tag is no longer scannable due to wear and tear. The great thing about QR tags is that this is rarely an issue. QR code tags are a very resilient type of asset tag due to their in-built error correction so that even if they experience serious damage they’re still scannable. Due to their robustness and durability, you can trust QR code tags to last the entire duration of an asset’s lifecycle, from procurement through to repair or replacement.


itemit’s QR Code Tags

Using QR codes for asset management can provide a real-time snapshot of where your assets are and how they are behaving. QR codes are one of the best ways to track assets in the field. They give users a quick, convenient, and affordable way to monitor assets and inventory. All it takes is a mobile phone camera with very little set-up to accurately track assets. Plus, the tags themselves are exceptionally durable. itemit offers both vinyl QR code stickers and anodised aluminium QR tags in various sizes, ranging from 15 to 23 millimetres, so if your tagged assets are going to be subject to extreme or hazardous conditions then QR tags might be the solution for you.

To find out more about how itemit’s QR code asset management can help you track your assets, you can contact the team at team@itemit.com. You can also fill in the form below to start your own 14-day free trial.

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How You Can Track Equipment Locations Using itemit

How You Can Track Equipment Locations Using itemit

How You Can Track Equipment Locations Using itemit

Your equipment is important to you, it’s important to your business. Knowing where your assets are and how they are behaving ensures your operations run smoothly and efficiently.  From PPE to cranes and skips, itemit simplifies your equipment tracking by offering you all the functionality you need from a single place. Find out how to use itemit to keep track of your equipment across every site and location 

 

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How To Track Your Equipment with itemit

itemit is a modern alternative to traditional asset tracking tools. Say goodbye to out-of-date and time-consuming spreadsheets. The itemit asset tracking system comprises an iOS and Android app, so your team on the ground have instant access to the information they need and a web portal for those back in the office to run advanced asset management reporting. To track your equipment using itemit, follow these quick guides:

If you’ve already added an asset you wish to tag to your online register then follow these steps using your mobile device…

  1. Open up the itemit mobile application. 
  2. Find the asset by tapping the search button or press ‘see all’ to view a list of your assets. 
  3. In your asset register, you’ll be able to see a list of tagged and untagged assets, as well assets that have been ‘seen today’ and ‘not seen today’.  
  4. When you have found the asset you’re looking for, tap on it to open up its asset profile. Inside the asset profile you can view all the information associated with the asset, including issues, reminders, locations, tags, attachments and related items. 
  5. To add a tag to the asset profile, open up the ‘tags’ section and tap the ‘add’ button. 
  6. After that your camera will open, simply hold your phone over the tag to scan it.
  7. When you see the confirmation window pop up, tap ‘OK’.

If you haven’t yet added an asset, follow these steps using your mobile device…

  1. Open up the itemit mobile application.
  2. Tap on the ‘scan’ button.
  3. After that your camera will open, simply hold your over the tag to scan it. 
  4. When prompted, tap on ‘create new item’. This allows you to create a new item in your online asset register that is automatically tagged.

Now that your item has been tagged and registered you can quickly identify it. If you have a tagged asset physically in front of you and want to view its profile simply scan the tag from the itemit app and you will be automatically taken to its online profile. Here, you can view and edit the asset’s properties and information. And since you scanned the asset, you’ll notice that the asset’s location has been automatically updated. This happens every time someone scans an asset’s tag.


Top itemit Features for Equipment Tracking

Tagging and tracking your assets has endless benefits, here are our top features to make the whole process a breeze. 


Check Equipment In & Out

itemit provides an easy and efficient way to check equipment in and out. With itemit you can see who has your equipment and where it is. Try our equipment checkout software to see just how simple it is.


Book Equipment in Advance

With itemit you can view equipment availability in real-time and book in advance. Reserve assets via a calendar to ensure no double bookings. Choose to control check outs from a central point or allow your team to check out equipment themselves.


Move Assets in Bulk

If you want to move multiple assets from one location to another you can do so with itemit’s bulk action function. It’s features like these that will save you considerable time and headspace when it comes to tracking your equipment.


itemit’s Equipment Tracking Software

Future-proof your asset tracking and choose itemit to ensure you only ever need one system. itemit is the only solution that will let you choose from an array of tracking options including QR codes, barcodes, GPS and RFID tags, so you can find the best solution for your needs. 

Find out more about how our equipment tracking software can take your business to the next level. Contact our friendly and helpful team today. You can reach them at team@itemit.com or you can sign up for our 14-day Free Trial to find out just how well itemit can work for you.

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How to Track Assets Using GPS trackers

How to Track Assets Using GPS trackers

How to Track Assets Using GPS trackers

Global position system trackers, more commonly known as GPS trackers, have become an increasingly popular way for businesses to track their assets. That’s because GPS trackers are simple and easy to use devices that provide users with fantastic insight into the real-time location of their assets. Plus, GPS trackers also operate as an effective theft deterrent. A global GPS tracking device is a piece of technology that sends a signal to a single contact point. In this case, most often a satellite. Businesses can use trackers to ensure the continued maintenance of assets. Read on to discover exactly how to use GPS trackers to track your assets.


How to Use GPS Trackers

Fitting a GPS tracker to your asset is as simple as attaching the tracking device to the asset itself or to fleet vehicles. GPS trackers work in such a way that there is no need to manually check the asset’s location, the trackers automatically update the asset location without a user needing to scan a tag or click a button. 

Follow this simple guide to add a GPS tracker to your personalised itemit web portal: 

  1. Select an asset you wish to track with a GPS tracker
  2. Open up its asset profile
  3. Next, head to the ‘Tags’ section and press the ‘+’ button
  4. Type in your tracker’s IMEI number (this is found above your tracker’s barcode)
  5. Hit ‘Save’

It’s as simple as that. Now your GPS tracker will automatically update the asset’s last-seen location every time it sends an update and will notify you about the time at which the last update was taken. Now you can see where you asset on the purpose-built map and also see a record of the journey it’s taken. With the itemit application, you can even view and monitor the tracker’s battery level too. 


The Benefits of GPS Tracking

From heavy-duty cranes and bulldozers to delivery vans and hire cars, GPS trackers can also provide useful metrics such as speed, distance, time, route, and GPS coordinates. GPS trackers are an obvious hit with delivery companies since they can be used to trace the delivery vans and real-time data, aiding on-time deliveries. The use of a GPS tracker provides extra protection and peace of mind and, as a result many insurers offer a discounted rate where these systems are installed. Where extremely valuable cargo is carried, motor vehicle tracking systems ensure the safe delivery of the cargo. This helps managers understand the performance of workers using all types of vehicles. Car and fleet GPS tracking are mostly “live” systems where one can follow routes. You can even track driver performance with the vehicle by including reports on harsh braking or turning, speeding offences and visiting a specific out-of-bound zone. 

Thanks to the accuracy of satellite technology, GPS trackers show a global vantage point of trackable assets. This aids businesses in monitoring tool use, which in turn helps them maximise usage. In practice, GPS asset tracking uncovers unused tools or those left in an incorrect location. With this level of insight, managers can make better decisions on where tools or equipment should move to.


itemit’s GPS trackers

GPS trackers are highly useful and adaptable pieces of kit that can be used to track a range of assets. itemit’s GPS trackers seamlessly integrate with our application so you can view and track the real-time location of your assets with ease. Plus, with itemit you can mix and match different tracking technologies, such as RFID tracking, and utilise them from one system, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds. It’s time to automate your asset tracking with itemit’s GPS trackers. 

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