How RFID Can Help in IT Asset Management

RFID has proven itself to be useful in a number of applications, and its characteristics make it particularly well suited to meeting IT asset management requirements. Here is a look at how its main features can help.

Asset Tracking

RFID allows you to track assets within a certain space instantly, helping IT administrators save significant amounts of time. For example, if a missing laptop ends up locked in a drawer in someone’s office, a mobile RFID scanner would be able to find the laptop easily if it was equipped with an RFID tag.

Asset Monitoring

When assets contain sensitive information, asset monitoring can be useful. This entails sending information to an RFID reader at scheduled intervals. Alerts can be sent when they fail to report on schedule. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this requires active RFID; dead batteries could lead to a false missing asset alert.

Bulk Lifecycle Updating

Bulk status changes can be carried out on assets using RFID, saving a lot of time for IT service centers and receiving and loading docks. For example, all the IT devices in a room could be changed to “decommissioned” in an instant using RFID.

Checkpoint Tracking

This entails scanning assets as they pass through a set checkpoint, such as a door. Checkpoint tracking enables IT assets to be logged as they come and go, and those with sensitive data can be flagged for attention when they are moved. This is especially useful in scenarios where IT assets are shared, such as hospitals. A hospital could track the amount of time each nurse spends a patient or how many rooms a nurse visits in a set period of time, for example, by equipping their tablets with RFID.

Many organizations can note significant savings in money and time when they turn to RFID for IT asset management. This is particularly true in those organizations that share IT assets, such as police agencies, manufacturing facilities, and educational and medical institutions.

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