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RFID

Inventory with RFID

A database-supported software for mobile inventory accelerates the inventory control substantially and in connection with RFID you save further costs and time!

Reduction
of organizational coasts

Effective mobile inventory support plays a key role in reducing organizational costs. The basis is a well-maintained inventory database. However, this does not only serve the fulfillment of obligations, but costs can be saved by facilitating the work of controlling, accounting, administration, support and much more.

Overview of heterogeneous
system environments 

Noch immer ist es für Unternehmen eine Herausforderung, den Bestand ihrer IT-Hardware exakt zu bestimmen. Denn oftmals sind die heterogenen Systemlandschaften sukzessive gewachsen. Neue Geräte wurden implementiert, ohne sie sauber zu erfassen. Mit Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) lässt sich der IT-Bestand genau kontrollieren und nachverfolgen.

Time –
and cost reduction 

Etiketten zur Identifikation der Assets werden gerne unsichtbar verklebt, also unter Tischkanten oder in Schränken. Das Auffinden und Auslesen dieser Etiketten ist selbst mit einem Barcodelesegerät schwierig. Die UHF-RFID-Technologie ermöglicht heute, dass die Etiketten sich selbst bei einem Lesegerät melden, wenn dieses in deren Nähe geführt wird.

RFID
Accurate control and tracking of your IT and asset inventory 

Our IT asset management solution Asset.Desk enables RFID-based inventory in addition to inventory with barcode labels.
With RFID coding, you can considerably simplify your inventory process.
In addition to the inventory number, the memory of the RFID labels can store many other data, such as model, serial number, date of purchase, warranty expiration or supplier.

What can be inventoried with RFID?

  • Office-IT

  • Server rooms

  • all other fixed assets (furniture, coffee machines, etc.)


Assets, i.e. valuables or simply inventory, must be recorded, this is required by law.
Ideally, the inventory should have an individual label.

Mobile inventory support
FCS App Mobile+

Our mobile APP Asset.Desk Mobile+ supports inventory via RFID and offers the integration of RFID scanners such as the powerful, inventory optimized and recommended Zebra RFID8500. UHF RFID reader and APP are connected to each other e.g. via Bluetooth standard.

Databased-supported software
in conjunction with RFID

Asset Management
with Asset.Desk

  • Asset.Desk offers a central database for the management of all assets
  • Make it possible to map the relationships between assets and locations, buildings, rooms, company divisions and cost centers
  • Allows you to manage the inventory with change history and inventory stamp
  • Revision security is produced:
    – Screenshot tree
    – Screenshot of localization history with inventory stamp

Questions about the inventory with RFID:

The RFID technology is worthwhile for you if large numbers of inventory items or particularly high-quality assets are to be taken up. The conversion to RFID significantly accelerates the inventory process and saves resources.

Active RFID tags have their own energy source that enables them to send asset information automatically at regular intervals using a radio signal. Passive RFID tags do not have their own power supply; the supply voltage is transmitted wirelessly from the reader to the tag. These are ideally used for inventory, as no continuous information is required. As soon as it comes close to an RFID reader, the chip in the RFID tag is “switched on” and then sends the tag’s individual hexadecimal value to the reader.

The RFID technology allows IT administrators and inventory managers to keep track of their systems and achieve their IT or enterprise asset management goals in multiple ways. These include asset monitoring and tracking as well as the ability to process additional information about an asset when it is in front of you.

The identification of the right labels for the desired application area represents the greatest challenge for the use of RFID labels. FCS offers cooperation with various suppliers to select the ideal labels for the RFID project. The specialists at FCS have the experience to advise you comprehensively.

In order to work with barcode or RFID, the following is required:

  • RFID printer
  • RFID labels
  • RFID reader
  • Smartphone or tablet with Android or iOS operating system
  • Web service
  • Asset.Desk incl. Asset.Desk Mobile+ and OData-Gateway (completely available in the Asset.Desk Mobile Inventory Edition)

The installation of Asset.Desk (the required software), as well as the setup of the database, is done with a few clicks.

Yes, so assets from a closed room cannot be counted a second time.

When coding the labels or tags, a distinction has to be made between whether printers can be used that code etiquettes via an RFID module or whether special tags have to be used that have to be coded individually. If everything runs on a printer, then the time required is comparable to that for conventional labeling with barcodes. If there are only simple requirements for the inventory number ranges, then the tags can also be pre-coded during production in the factory.

As each environment has to be distinguished differently, e.g. whether furniture, office IT or server rooms have to be inventoried, this must be clarified in advance, ideally at a workshop. This is where it is decided which labels or tags have to be used to achieve the ideal result for the RFID project.

The operation of the App Asset.Desk Mobile+ is intuitive. However, it is advisable to instruct the personnel involved in the processes, as is the case with any activity. Extensive training is not necessary.

Inventory via RFID – How it works!

01

With Asset.Desk you can independently print RFID or barcode labels. RFID tags are ideally printed using an RFID printer (inventory numbers, company logo, etc.) and simultaneously coded (inventory numbers, furniture type, etc.).

02

The data required for an inventory are transferred to the mobile device.

03

In the next step, the RFID labels or tags are attached during the introduction of the inventory process and the linking of the respective objects in the app is carried out.

04

With the RFID reader, all assets in a room can be captured. The tags automatically report back.

05

Missing, moved, unexpected, counted and new objects are displayed in a clear list. Further new objects can be entered directly.

06

Synchronization with the Asset.Desk database. The result list can be edited. To avoid errors, changes to the inventory must be confirmed.

07

Finally, the inventory is automatically prepared in AssetDesk according to the inventory results and marked as recorded.

Advantages of inventory with RFID

  • Labels are often invisible (i.e. hidden) stuck, reading them is often difficult to even with barcode readers: with RFID there is no need to search under a desk: UHF RFID labels are automatically detected by the reader over a distance of several meters
  • Scanning labels individually cost a lot of time: The time saving for inventory with RFID is approx. 80% (a walk through the room is usually sufficient)
  • The memory of the RFID labels can contain many other data in addition to the inventory number, such as model, serial number, date of purchase, warranty expiration or supplier
  • At times, “asset corpses” are created that have been forgotten or overlooked: RFID labels draw attention to themselves independently

Asset.Desk can be tested free of charge at any time.

 

You are welcome to request a non-binding offer or a personal online demonstration.

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