Asset tracking has many benefits which will optimise your operations. Whether you’re working in an office, in the field for a construction company, in the healthcare industry, or in any other sector, asset tracking can save you time and money.
Asset tracking software works by creating unique digital doubles of your items. This creates a fixed asset register which you can interact with and edit, adding crucial information such as maintenance information or where assets are.
Using fixed RFID readers can make your asset tracking processes even faster, even easier, and even more automatic.
What is RFID Asset Tracking?
To make tracking unique asset profiles even easier, you can use unique asset tags. Most commonly, companies opt for barcodes or QR code asset tags. This way, you can attach the tag to an asset to link the physical asset to its digital profile. Then, every time you scan the tag, the asset’s profile will appear, ready for editing.
Upon scanning, last seen location data will update, too, which creates a full history of where your assets have been.
RFID asset tracking differs in a couple of ways. RFID tags don’t need to be scanned with a “line of sight” as QR codes or barcodes do. What this means is that you’ll be able to hide an RFID tag and still be able to scan it.
This is necessary if you’re tracking assets where you can’t use barcodes or QR codes. For example, if you’re tracking priceless paintings, you won’t be able to use a QR code or barcode to do so. In this case, you’ll need to use RFID asset tracking.
To find out more about how itemit’s RFID system is being implemented in the Ministry of Defence to track priceless paintings, check out the link below.
What’s the Difference Between Fixed RFID and Handheld RFID?
While barcodes and QR codes can be scanned with your smartphone, RFID scanners aren’t automatically integrated with your phone. This means that you’ll need third party readers to implement RFID asset tracking. These readers will either be fixed or handheld.
Most commonly, you’ll be using handheld readers to implement RFID asset tracking. With a handheld reader, you’ll use BlueTooth to link it with your asset tracking app, and then you’ll click a button to scan tags, much like with a barcode scanner. How far away you can scan from will depend on the RFID tags themselves.
Fixed readers are attached to specific points in your building. Every time an asset with an RFID tag attached moves past them, the fixed readers will pick up on the movement. As fixed readers have antennas, they’ll also be able to pick up on which direction an asset is moving in, meaning it’ll automatically be logged whether an asset is entering or leaving a room.
How Fixed RFID Readers Revolutionise Asset Tracking
Using fixed RFID readers promises a new level of automation. Instead of tracking locations with manual input, such as with handheld readers or QR codes, everything is automatically updated for you.
In practice, this means that if you’re tracking tools and equipment, whenever a tool moves out of a construction lot, your asset tracking system will update this automatically. Whenever your tools then enter a construction lot, your asset tracking system will update this automatically.
Fixed RFID readers give you fully automated accountability and transparency over asset location, ultimately transforming your asset tracking processes.
To find out more about if RFID is right for you, you can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call on 01223 421611. To start a free trial of the itemit asset tracking system, you can fill in the form below.
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