Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags make asset management a breeze. These fully automated tags provide an up-to-the-minute location of assets at an enterprise level down to the rack level. At the rack level, RFID tags will eliminate the need for taking inventory because the inventory is being tracked and located 24/7 in real-time. At the enterprise level, assets can be tracked from room to room as the asset prepares for deployment or is phased out.
Active RFID tags ease the need for capacity management and all but eliminate the need for taking inventory, since inventory is already being taken every day, generating a rapid Return on Investment. These tags can be used with a wide variety of assets in an enterprise. Different tags can be purchased to keep track of computer/laptop equipment, servers, medical and office supplies, and key rings. Each tag is also able to be assigned to an employee to further monitor who is responsible for particular assets.
How They Work
Each RFID tag is equipped with a radio frequency transmitter that sends a signal to a reader. The reader collects the signals and relays the information to management software that will alert if an asset is either being moved or is found in the wrong location. The information is able to be separated from an enterprise level down to the rack with 100% accuracy. These tags completely eliminate the questions what, where and when by ensuring each asset is either accounted for or recorded when it was removed.
Unlike active RFID tags, passive tags utilize a handheld scanner to collect their asset information. This handheld scanner can double as a bar code scanner and RFID capture system. The RFID capture system utilizes a batch scanning mode that collects location data in seconds. This batch scanning method will then automatically populate the locations of the assets it scans into the software, alerting if an asset is not in the correct location. It does this by referring to the software program’s understanding of where that asset is supposed to be located and where it was located during previous scans.
The RFID tags used in passive asset management are small enough to fit on a blade server and do not use an internal battery. This allows these tags to last for decades without needing to replace them. They are accurate down to a shelf level, which works very well for tape libraries, and can integrate into the company’s legacy DCIM system.
These tags completely eliminate the questions what, where and when by ensuring each asset is either accounted for or recorded when moved.