RFID for IT Asset Management

RFID was slowly adopted at first, but has been gaining traction through the years—its application in data centers is becoming a $1 billion business. The RFID data center market was worth $96.3 million last year, but is predicted to reach $953 million by 2017.

The rise in RFID’s popularity and usage can be attributed to enhanced performance through the years and a decrease in the cost of RFID tags.

One sector that has taken particular advantage of RFID is IT—specifically, with their Asset Management. Using RFID to manage assets within IT departments saves an enormous amount of time in when it comes to auditing inventory. However, the right kind of RFID tags needs to be used in order to maximize savings and risk management.

There are three different types of RFID tags—passive, active and battery assisted passive tags (BAP). BAP tags are most commonly used in IT settings due to their long read range, reliability around metal objects and cost effectiveness. To fully realize the effectiveness of RFID, IT departments should:

  • Combine other tools with RFID tags to build an accurate hardware asset inventory
  • Obtain an automatic feed from the procurement system
  • Install a network auto discovery tool that reports all devices accessing the network in real-time
  • Choose which hardware assets need to be tagged and pick the most suitable RFID tag
  • Implement a periodic manual inventory audit for items that are the exception

Learn more about RFID and how it can best be used in IT Asset Management.

This post was adapted from an article by Jackie Luo, CEO of E-ISG Asset Intelligence.