It’s simple, it consists of assigning a unique identifier to physical assets, allowing you to compile all the information concerning the physical assets your organization owns and keep it organized in one place.
But be careful!
There are several types of identification methods that vary depending on the material and the field of work in question.
You can create unique identifiers depending on the setting, whether it be a school, in a company, or in construction.
Tags to identify equipment
Tags can be useful in many areas to identify equipment and are often used to :
This type of label cannot be scanned remotely, you must be close to the object at the time of scanning to access its information.
One of the positive points is that QR codes and barcodes are very inexpensive and accessible labeling solutions for companies.
All employees can scan the material from their mobile device, for example. They save a lot of time and are autonomous.
RFID (Radio-Identification) tags
RFID tags are radio frequency chips or labels that send information about a product to a receiver, which then transmits the information to a person.
This type of tag allows a person to access information from multiple devices at the same time, and from a distance.
RFID tags can retrieve much more information than barcode or QR codes tags.
However, this option remains more expensive than the previously mentioned, which is why it is more advantageous when there are several assets of high monetary value in consideration.
Again, it’s all about the company’s needs.
GPS (Global Positioning System)
This type of tag allows your company to track all of its assets around the world in real time. The tags are affixed to the assets, which send their current location to an external server.
This method is one of the most expensive, so companies only use it when dealing with very high value assets.
In addition, while it is possible to track where your assets are in real time, this type of tag will not provide you with any additional information about the product.
So if an item needs to be replaced because it is outdated, you will know where to find it, but you will not know that it needs to be changed.
In general, what should I label?
As mentioned above, labels can be useful in many areas of work. It’s important to determine what does and doesn’t need to be labeled in the assets your company owns based on the organization’s priorities.
The following are examples of equipment that are typically tracked:
General business: computer equipment, office furniture, consumables (printer cartridges…)
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