What is RFID asset tracking?

RFID asset tracking lends you more automation and control over your assets. It’s similar to tracking assets using QR codes and barcodes. However, with RFID, you’ll need additional devices to unlock greater levels of automation.

With RFID asset tracking, you’ll be able to audit, manage, and track assets with much greater ease and with up to full levels of automation.

 

Off-the-shelf fixed RFID reader asset tracking

 

How Does RFID Asset Tracking Work?

If you’re familiar with QR code asset management, you’ll be able to extrapolate a lot of the details. In essence, asset tracking works by linking physical assets to online profiles.

You’ll create a list of your assets online in your asset management system. Then, you’ll use asset tags to link these online assets to their physical counterparts.

Tagging and Tracking with QR Code Asset Tags

Therefore, you get a list of unique assets in an online register. This way, every time an asset requires maintenance, you simply need to scan the asset’s tag and report this requirement.

RFID asset tracking is similar, only you’ll be using RFID tags and readers, as opposed to barcodes and QR codes.

 

How is RFID Asset Management Different to QR Codes?

Barcodes and QR codes have limitations. For example, you need a line-of-sight to scan these tags. In other words, these tags will need to be visible on an asset for scanning capabilities.

With certain assets, this isn’t always applicable, however. For example, if you’re tracking high-value assets such as paintings, you won’t be able to put a QR code somewhere visible.

RFID scanning doesn’t require a line of sight, however. As you’ll either be using a fixed reader or a handheld reader, scanning is done via your device, which will pick up on the RFID tag.

This way, you’ll be able to place your RFID asset tags under a painting’s frame, for example. Then every time the painting moves and you want to update its location, you’ll be able to scan it from a distance without the tag being visible.

To find out more about how itemit is being used to track high-value assets with RFID, you can check out our blog below on our RFID capabilities.

How Does RFID Unlock More Automation?

With RFID asset tracking, you’ll be able to automate a lot of your operations. Specifically, this will be with fixed RFID readers. With fixed RFID asset tracking, any movement an asset goes through is automatically logged.

This is as you can place fixed RFID readers in tactical locations across your sites. These fixed RFID readers will have antennas which can track the direction an asset is moving in.

Therefore, with fixed RFID asset tracking, you’ll be able to update where your assets are on your fixed asset register without needing any manual interaction. In a hospital context, for example, if an asset is moving from ward A to ward B, your fixed readers will pick up on this and update the change automatically.

To find out more about how itemit can help you with your asset tracking and management, with or without RFID, you’ll be able to contact us at team@itemit.com or on 01223 421611.

You can also fill in the form below to start your 14-day free trial.

 

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