Asset Tracking FAQs

Asset Tracking FAQs

ASSET TRACKING FAQs—Answers to Your Asset Tracking Questions

The technology of tracking and locating assets continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Our asset management experts stay on top of the most cost-effective, innovative methods available.

Do you prefer a visual explanation? Check out our infographic on asset tracking, technology best use cases, and more here!

They answer your questions to help you navigate the waters of asset location, tracking, and management to help you choose the most productive system to suit your needs:

 

To understand how RFID innovations, speed up productivity, our team of experts offers answers to your most frequently asked questions or RFID FAQs:

1. Which industries use RFID tracking?

On a small scale, RFID applications track work orders as they make their way from receiving, to production, to shipping, to final completion. Manufacturers put RFID tags to use, regardless of their particular industry. Audits become routine, instead of a cause for alarm, when tagged assets are easily located on a real-time map of your facility. Both consumer manufacturers and suppliers of government parts quickly track work orders, track tools, and manage assets for inventory reviews.

Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies use RFID tech to know where samples and tests are at all times, which medical personnel checked out specific medications, and know where vital equipment is stored for deployment to patients.

Shows an example map with assets displayed using green markers and a photo of a hospital equipment cart that's got a V-Tag active RFID tag placed on it.

The building, construction, and landscaping sectors use RFID technology to scan warehouses, yards, and trucks in seconds to track items moving through the supply chain. With computer, laptop, mobile phone, and tablet, they track when and how an item left the yard.

Shows smartphones with a V-Tag GPS RFID tag to convey the simple use of a GPS RFID location tracking solution.Shows conceptual use of GPS RFID tag in rental car lot by displaying a photo map with a location indicator of target asset

Non-technical applications include uses for the gallery, museum, jewelry, and even the fashion world. The most valued assets—fine jewelry, works of art, one-of-a-kind fashions—are tagged and tracked to prevent unauthorized movement and theft.

Indoors or outside, RFID tags have no limitations. Monitor expiration dates of hazardous chemicals, keep track of new cars that are on the lot or are out for a spin. Locate tools, equipment, and vehicles across acreage, and find locations of shipped containers ready for inspection by Homeland Security.

Even humans can wear RFID tags—Important personnel are easily located within your warehouse, shop floor, and hospital complex. Ensure that only selected personnel enter restricted areas.

2. How does asset tracking save money?

Anything of value to you and your business is an asset. The key to saving time and money in the day-to-day operations of your company lies in efficient asset management.

Choose the best asset tracking system for your needs to rescue you from the headaches of:

  • Searching for misplaced equipment, tools, products, and parts
  • Locating work orders, shipment orders, and invoices
  • Monitoring the location of materials for outgoing and incoming shipments
  • Overseeing gaps in warehouse efficiency for work in process
  • and much more.

With a customized asset tracking solution to suit your particular business needs, employees no longer waste time searching for missing equipment. Inventory losses become a thing of the past because you’re notified of an asset’s movement to another room, another warehouse, another building, or another field or lot. Your birds-eye view of warehouse processes speeds up production without glitches.

You own full control of your business processes with our state-of-the-art asset management systems. Here at ID Integration, Inc., we offer the means to track your assets so that they are always under your watchful eyes.

3. How do I find out whether asset tracking technology will fit my business needs, without a huge financial investment?

Here at ID Integration, we offer all-inclusive starter kits for you to demo the experience of RFID asset tracking technology. These kits include everything you need to get up and running, without wasting time climbing a steep learning curve, and without wasting money piecing together disparate software, tags, and scanners from various manufacturers.

See our entire catalog of RFID Starter Kits. Your financial outlay is less than $500 to begin your trial run with our Demo RFID Starter Kit. Choose our more advanced kits for greater capabilities, including our flagship Deluxe RFID Starter Kit.

Each Starter Kit provides quick and easy mobile RFID asset tracking—Download the app, import locations, and assets from a spreadsheet source, tag assets to be tracked, and connect the scanner. There’s nothing to it.

Your choice of kit is scalable and can grow with you as you discover uses to streamline your asset management strategy.

4. What do the latest innovations in RFID offer?

Cutting edge V-Tag® GPS tags track assets beyond the confines of your building, warehouse, or facility. Take them outdoors and track equipment between buildings. They are perfect for remote locations and useable even when WiFi is not available.  Keep tabs on real-time asset movement with your laptop, smartphone and tablet.

For indoor tracking, V-Tag® Active RFID tags will do the job at just $35 per tag. Each tag “talks” with each other to form their own network, sending a signal to the reader through a battery source. No more costly antennas and infrastructures needed.

Examples of tools or assets displayed on software map.

With Brady®Censys RFID Readers paired with the Xemelgo software, automate analytics and reports, end manual data entry and compilation, and accomplish so much more. This system relies on the Internet of Things (IoT), a mobile-friendly cloud manufacturing platform that keeps costs down.  Enter the world of smart manufacturing with advanced production efficiency.

 

Use these state-of-the-art Active and IoT RFID asset management solutions to track tools, prepare for audits, follow work in process, keep track of medical devices and equipment, and even locate equipment outdoors. GPS and cloud tech travels beyond walls!

Reach our RFID team to learn how the wonders of cloud computing will streamline your asset management procedures.

5. Are traditional RFID technologies still viable?

Passive, or traditional RFID technologies continue to hold importance for asset location. RFID tags with high memory capabilities are most often used to tag assets used in specific industries to meet government compliance for the ATA, the DoD, and the FDA. These tags can store unique serial numbers, manufacturing dates, maintenance records, and other crucial information for the proper nomenclature required for compliance.

Barcodes are the standard with DoD IUID, ATA Spec 2000, and FDA UDI registration. Our suite of handheld 2D data matrix scanners and fixed-station 2D matrix verification systems ensure readable codes ready for registration.

Adhering to strict governmental regulations can be complicated. Here at ID Integration, we’ve made it our mission to make sense of these regulations and provide you with the systems you need to mark and tag, and scan and verify, and register items. Our systems function to keep track of marked and tagged parts while in the production process during manufacturing, in addition to readying them for registration.

Our experienced consultants customize the asset management system to fit your parts to be tagged and marked for your industry. We ensure information meets current government requirements with the least expenditure on your part. The investment far outweighs the cost of tracking and submitting bad data. Call us for a no-obligation consultation at 425-438-2533.

6. Can I combine systems without running the issue of receiving dissimilar data?

It may seem like trying to square pegs into round holes by starting out with one barcode asset tracking system for scanning individual parts for registration, then adding on an active RFID tag system to monitor the movement of parts in on your warehouse floor, and then adding passive RFID tags to track the complete lifecycle of individual parts. How can you make sense of different data?

The solution is AssetWorx! Software from our partners at InfinID Technologies. This chameleon software tracks all three technologies—barcodes, active RFID tags, and passive RFID tags—and communicates data between them. Use this hybrid solution to maximize data collection and production process capabilities. Read about how a hybrid approach to asset management maximizes savings while increasing efficiency in our free white paper, “The Holistic View of RFID Location Tracking”.

7. How can I learn more about asset tracking and RFID before getting started?

Our asset management team answers your basic questions about RFID on our RFID FAQs web page. Go there to learn about how RFID works, the difference between passive and active RFID tags, the typical read range of RFID systems, how to combine RFID systems with barcode tags, which RFID solution may best fit your business applications, and much more.

Look to ID Integration to also provide additional resources for your in-depth RFID research. Download our free white papers, too. We cover the following topics in-depth: Avoiding the Expense of RFID Asset Tracking Infrastructures, A Holistic View of RFID Location Tracking, and Leveraging IoT and Cloud Manufacturing to Revolutionize Asset Tracking & Audit Prep.

Our asset management team is on hand to answer more of your asset tracking FAQ and point you to the best solutions to maximize efficiency and minimize your investment. Contact us to get started with a needs assessment at 425-438-2533.

Are you a visual learner? Take a look at our simplified Asset Tracking Infographic below for a more concise explanation of each popular technology and their best use cases.

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