The valuable assets of today’s companies lie largely in its electronics, including computers and mobile phones. It is on these convenient tools that much of a company’s most sensitive information is stored. But with so many components to monitor, it can be easy for a company to lose track, as well as lose its vital electronics to thieves.
In today’s business climate, being able to track all electronics in use by a company is absolutely critical, as this can ensure that company information is kept safe for the long haul.
Of course, by business, we also mean the business of individuals like medical professionals. Much has changed in examining rooms; where a GP may once have used a pad and paper to record symptoms, weight and similar information, a computer or tablet now sits in their place. Some doctors now have their computers or other devices securely affixed to their desks with bolts and locks. But in addition to this, many devices now have asset tags attached to them. But the medical industry is only one of many realms to use the asset tag.
The Manufacturing Industry
Regardless of the products it produces, a company in the manufacturing industry will have a wide range of equipment that needs to be tracked. Equipment needs maintenance, and the asset tag’s bar code can help provide information about when the unit was last serviced, as well as any defects or problems with operation that were previously discovered. This can save businesses scads of time and money.
The entire education industry benefits from the use of asset tags. They can be used to track any video or audio equipment that classrooms use, which can result not only in the prevention of the theft, but the timelier return of stolen items should theft occur. Asset tags can also be used to track books, making check ins and check outs at the school library effortless to keep tabs on.
The Telecom Industry
Telecom and cable businesses may have even more to track, what with all of the equipment that’s installed in the homes of customers. Asset tags help these companies to track how their units are being used, as well as when they need to be maintained. Asset tags are also very useful for identifying problem areas and pinpointing the source of outages quickly so that they can be repaired in a timely manner.
Health Equipment and Supplies
Within the healthcare realm is equipment of every type and size. From blood pressure monitors to MRI machines, health equipment is expensive, and therefore, a prime target for thieves. Asset tags allow healthcare workers to track their equipment’s location and use, as well as their stocks of supplies for the purpose of reordering.
Government is in charge of everything from their own office computers to the traffic lights at the nearest corner. Asset tags assist government by informing them about not only the operation of things like lights and parking metres, but in the case of the latter, a history of how much money was deposited into and withdrawn from the metre.
Asset tags can be very simple to very complex in appearance. The simplest form of asset tag is the one that indicates that the item is the property of a particular person or business.
At their most complex, asset tags include bar codes and numbers as part of a sequential numbering system. With some manner of scanner to itemise all labelled assets, tracking can be incredibly simple. The end result of asset tagging is machinery, equipment and services remain as secure as possible for the owner, and as safe as possible for the user to have in their possession.