Consider the range of different devices in the typical data center or office environment. These assets are essential to the proper functioning of a business, and good asset management practices dictate that they be tracked for inventory and security purposes. This is necessary so that your IT department can adhere to a set schedule of maintenance and upgrades, and also just so they can know where to locate a particular asset and maintain an accurate count.
Keeping track of a large and varied inventory of IT equipment can be a time-consuming and tiresome chore for an IT department, especially if it is short-staffed and overwhelmed. Additionally, with manual counting, there is always the potential for human error; Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) eliminates the potential for mistakes and makes counting assets an accurate, automated process.
The fact that items are accounted for will also mean that replacements do not need to be purchased as often. When IT assets do need to be replaced, they can be found easily with an FCC and CE compliant RFID reader, which makes the overall work of an IT department that much more efficient.
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Factors to Take Into Account When Installing RFID Tags
- Location of the tag
- Orientation of the tag
- The range of your RFID reader
RFID tags that are designed for IT asset management will work with a wide range of materials, including the metals and plastics typically used in making servers and other electronic devices; and there are multiple options for installation. The tags can be read by a long range RFID reader from several feet away, which makes counting many pieces of equipment a faster and more efficient process.