Barcode Solutions: Money Making or Money Saving?


If you are part of a company, then you know that there two categories of initiatives for you company to engage in. Category 1: Money Making Initiatives are the primary reasons a business exist. Into this category fall all investments, employees, activities and efforts which have the singular goal of generating greater ROI. In summary, generating [...]

Field Mobility: Barcode & RFID Outside the Office


For the past 30 years, barcode and, more recently, RFID applications have been used within the confines of a single location for fulfilling manufacturing work orders, managing inventory and warehouse distribution and retail point-of-sale. With the advancement of mobile and wireless networks and devices, the barcode landscape has changed significantly. Increased coverage, better device reception [...]

Rugged Mobile Devices v. Consumer Electronics


Recently, PC world released an article describing an in house iPad stress test they conducted. This inspired me to write this post on the importance of researching IP Ratings and Drop Tests in relation to enterprise mobility solutions such as tablet computing. For the majority of our customers in the manufacturing, fabrication, construction, field service and logistics [...]

4 Ways to Drive Profitability with IT Asset Tracking Software


Meet Your Capital and Expense Goals with Uncanny Precision In the current economic climate, companies must find ways to reduce operating costs in order to improve overall profitability. Strategies and methods used to accomplish this rang from work-force reductions, corporate restructuring, reduced spending, processes automation and so on… Following the events of 2008, businesses have [...]

Mobile Asset Tracking Best Practices


The Challenges of Tracking Mobile Equipment When hundreds of assets are spread across acres, searching for equipment and trying to determine its status consumes massive amounts of manpower. Doing so manually is not just difficult; it’s challenging, and nearly impossible to do it effectively. Workers are sent on unproductive missions to locate specific equipment to [...]

Do SMBs Really Need Equipment Tracking Software?


A company’s assets include any capital investments such as heavy equipment, tools, vehicles and inventory. If information regarding these assets is inaccurate or out of date, they could unexpectedly be out of service or missing, leading to excess waste, reduced productivity and increased replacement expenses. Effective asset tracking software establishes chain-of-custody and accountability as well [...]

RFID Asset Tracking vs. Barcode Asset Tracking: 3 Things to Consider


Regardless of the environment, asset management begins with uniquely identifying each asset. This concept is easy to understand but is often challenging to execute. So why would you select an RFID tag rather than a linear or 2D barcode? Especially when considering that RFID can be much more complex, the tags are more expensive. Likewise, RFID [...]

Ten Questions to Guide You in Shopping for Asset Tracking Software


If you are researching different asset tracking software solutions, asking the following questions could help you determine your requirements and evaluate which asset tracking software is the best fit for your company. 1. Why do you want to track your assets? Is it to improve SOX compliance, get better inventory control, improve tax rebates, reduce [...]

Top Four Reasons Businesses Implement Fixed Asset Tracking Software


Large businesses and government agencies are required to track their fixed assets on a regular basis. This would include everything from computers to desks to vehicles – any item that is reported on financial statements and depreciated. 1. SOX Compliance Sarbanes-Oxley requires public companies to actually list or prove all fixed and capital assets on [...]

Who Makes the Best Asset Tracking Software


In its simplest form, asset tracking software is no more than a mere transactional database which stores all your asset data and meta-data such as location. By that definition, almost anything can function as asset tracking software. Keep this in mind when shopping around. Many software providers will lure you in with glittery graphical user interfaces [...]