Differences between Asset Tags_ How to choose the best type for you


It’s crucial to know the differences between different types of asset tags. Asset tags can give you a range of different functionalities to make tracking and managing your assets streamlined and automated.

You may have already heard of QR code or barcode tagging, but there’s a full range of other types of asset tags which can help you save time and money.


QR Code Asset Tags

QR code asset tags are the most common type, as they’re inexpensive, customisable, and hold a lot of data.

With QR code asset labels you’ll:

  • Stick the tag on
  • Link it to a digital asset profile
  • Scan the tag to open this profile

Every time you scan an asset’s tag, the asset’s last seen location will update, as well as the user who scanned it. This saves you a lot of time, as you can create a location-based audit, as well as speeding up edits to asset information.

You’ll also be able to customise the material. So, for heavy-duty equipment and tools tracking, you’ll be able to use metal tags for assets that go through more wear and tear.


Tagging and Tracking with QR Code Asset Tags

Barcode Asset Tracking

Barcodes are a similar option to QR code asset tags. Every scan will also update an asset’s last seen location, but the problem is that not all barcodes are unique.

As barcodes are often used for pricing information, it’s not as simple as using a pre-existing barcode, and you may eventually need to purchase asset tags anyway.

Barcodes are also customisable and are also inexpensive, so are still a viable option for your asset tracking processes. Also, barcodes are ubiquitous, and so in some cases, are easier to implement.

If you want to learn more about whether QR code asset labels or barcodes are better for asset tracking, you can read our blog on it QR Codes Vs. Barcodes.

RFID Asset Tags

RFID asset labels are helpful when in situations where you can’t scan a tag using line of sight, as you can with a smartphone camera. So, if you’re tracking high-value assets and need the asset tag to be hidden, RFID asset tracking may be the best option for you.

You may even want to look at fixed RFID reader tracking, as this provides you with even more automation. Fixed RFID reader tracking allows your asset tracking software to pick up on asset movements with no manual input.

So, while you’ll still need to use a scanner for standard RFID tracking, with fixed RFID, you can put fixed RFID readers in tactical points in your property so that a full audit of asset locations is automated and easy.

Find out more about itemit’s fixed-RFID tracking functionality by clicking the button below.


GPS Asset Tracking

GPS asset tracking is the most automated option. With GPS tags, all you need to do is tag an asset and monitor its movements. 

Your GPS tags will ping a location to your asset tracking software, which you’ll be able to view. This way, you can mitigate asset theft and ensure that all of your assets are where they need to be.

GPS tags also allow for geofencing, meaning that if an asset leaves a specific location, you’ll get an alert telling you that this has happened.

Find out more about itemit’s GPS tracking functionality by clicking the button below.



The best thing about itemit is that you can mix and match all of these types of asset tags, depending on your individual needs.

Therefore, you’ll be able to use GPS tags for bulkier, more expensive assets, RFID tags for assets that can’t be scanned with your smartphone, and a combination of barcodes and QR codes for the rest.

To find out more about how itemit can save you time and money, you can book a demo by clicking the button below.



You can also contact us at team@itemit.com or fill in the form below to start your 14-day free trial of the software.


Or, you can check out these blogs:

Everything you Need to Know About Asset Tracking Software

The Importance of Construction Equipment Tracking

How To Use Asset Tagging and Management to Scale Your Business


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