Asset Tracking Systems
What Makes Up an Asset Tracking System
The GAO RFID Asset Tracking System is a fully integrated asset locating solution that tracks and monitors assets in real-time. The system is powered by three key components:
- GAO Asset Tracking Software
- GAO RFID Tags
- GAO RFID Readers
These three components work together to track assets globally or locally, and can be customized to address the needs of any business environment. In three simple steps, the GAO Asset Tracking System empowers you to know exactly where your assets are on demand. Here’s how:
Specific GAO RFID Tags are physically placed on your valuable assets.
GAO RFID Readers are tailor-fit to your business environment and installed at strategic points so that they can “read” the signals being broadcasted by the GAO RFID Tags.
The GAO RFID Tags assigned to your assets are imported into our GAO Asset Tracking Software. Through an intuitive interface, you can track and locate specific assets on-site from a laptop, remotely on your web browser, or even while on the go using your mobile device.
Improved Loss Prevention
Full Asset Visibility
Increased Efficiency for Production & Shipping
RFID Asset Tracking System Details
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If you’re in charge of a business or a particular unit within an organization, chances are you’ve wanted to know about which assets are owned, who they’re being used by, or where they may be located.
You’re not alone.
This need is shared by decision makers around the world and is the reason why Asset Tracking Systems have emerged as a must-have technology in today’s competitive business landscape.
Here are some common questions Asset Tracking can solve for businesses:
- How can we keep track of our laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices?
- Is it possible to help our nurses find wheelchairs and infusion pumps quickly?
- How can we minimize misplaced parts and tools in our factory?
- How can we track our armored vehicles and specialized equipment?
- How do we reduce expendable packing costs?
- We need to track which trailers are entering or exiting our yard. Is it possible?
- How can we track our pallets?
- How can we track our returnable containers?
- Is it possible for us to tag and track individual livestock?
Asset Tracking using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is the answer to these mission critical problems. By using GAO RFID Asset Tracking, you are deploying state-of-the-art equipment to locate the whereabouts of your company’s valuables. Knowing where they are means you can show accountability in your business units and have an extremely clear grasp of your asset utilization.
At GAO RFID, we are serious about helping our customers track and monitor the location of their most valuable assets to ensure efficiency and prevent loss. While we offer customized solutions, below are the Asset Tracking Systems we have developed and deployed for our customers:
- Learn about our IT Asset Tracking System
- Learn about our Pallet & Returnable Transport Item Asset Tracking System
- Learn about our Tool & Industrial Equipment Asset Tracking System
- Learn about our WIP Asset Tracking System
Many companies are not familiar with the existence of Asset Tracking systems and often struggle with determining the cost/benefit of this technology. The following questions will help you decide whether your business is ready for Asset Tracking:
Do you have long-term physical assets that are moveable?
If you have expensive mobile or portable assets that can be misplaced or stolen, then being able to track and locate these items might be what you need.
How many of these items do you own?
The more mobile and portable assets you own, the greater the need you have for Asset Tracking. While sometimes the thought of losing one small asset is trivial, imagine how in a shipping yard that is charged with maintaining thousands of containers, one small loss can quickly multiply if left unmonitored.
Once lost, what are the chances for these assets to be located again?
If you feel it is virtually impossible to locate valuable company resources once they go missing, an Asset Tracking system will provide you with a greater potential return on your investment.
What are the consequences if you cannot locate these assets?
For many industries, the loss of certain assets may result in consequences more severe than financial losses: legal, safety, health, security, and privacy can all be greater concerns to your company when an asset is lost. This is where an Asset Tracking System can become an integral part of your operations.
How much can you potentially save by being able to track these assets?
While every company calculates potential savings differently, a general approach is to accept that the savings for a company can be significant due to gains in labour, productivity, and the prevention of theft.
If any of the questions above touched on issues you are currently experiencing, then GAO Asset Tracking can help you better manage your business.
How RFID Applies to an Asset Tracking System
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Asset Tracking uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to locate assets. RFID tags take the guesswork out of Asset Tracking. These tags are attached to the things that matter most to your business, anything from computers to livestock. In turn, the RFID Tags broadcast the locations of these items. This gives you real-time information on the status, movement, and position of every asset.
As an example, in the Automobile Manufacturing industry, suppliers struggle with locating returnable containers. By using RFID Asset Tracking, an enhanced visibility of the containers is provided, giving you the ability to locate them within the expanse of your supply chain. This ultimately reduces your cost of ownership for returnable containers and puts knowledge in your hands.
The GAO Short Range Asset Tracking System is one of two Passive RFID versions available for our Asset Tracking System that uses two distinct radio frequencies: low frequency and high frequency. Low frequency systems cover frequencies from 125 to 134.2 KHz, while high frequency systems cover 13.56 MHz.
Because ultra-high frequency radio waves bounce off metal and are absorbed by water, low and high frequencies are the ideal choice for tracking products that involve these properties. The GAO Short Range Asset Tracking System is designed to excel in environments where tracking metal products or items with water content are required.
The GAO Short Range Asset Tracking System offers:
- An economical solution
- Controlled access to assets
- A perfect solution for metal or liquid products
The GAO Mid-Range Asset Tracking System is one of two Passive RFID versions of our Asset Tracking System. In this system, the RFID Reader sends signals to the Tags assigned to your assets. The Tag uses this transmitted signal to power on and reflects information back to the Receiver; thereby making the asset locatable. The GAO Mid-Range Asset Tracking System uses the Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) radio band, a band covering the range of 860 MHz to 960 MHz. UHF operates on a worldwide standard and has 20 times the range and speed of the High Frequency (HF) radio band. This makes it optimal for applications where the scanning of many items at once is required, such as boxes as they pass through a door or an electronic toll collector.
The GAO Mid-Range Asset Tracking System is ideal for in-building asset tracking applications, whether in the office or in manufacturing environments.
The GAO Mid-Range Asset Tracking System enables you to:
- Maintain a chain of custody
- Control access to assets
- Manage inventory of tool and equipment
The GAO Long Range Asset Tracking System is the Active RFID version of our Asset Tracking System that uses the 433 MHz and 2.45 GHz bands. Because it uses Active RFID technology, the Tags which are assigned to your assets have their own transmitter and power source. This means they broadcast their signal and transmit their information actively, making real-time locating possible. Active tags are especially useful for large objects such as containers and rail cars that need to be tracked over long distances.
The GAO Long Range Asset Tracking System helps you to:
- Improve security and alerting
- Protect intellectual property
- Locate assets in real-time on a map
- Improve asset utilization
The GAO Asset Tracking System is available as a cloud-computing solution. Using our Cloud or SaaS solution, you won’t need to make costly investments in servers and other infrastructure. Instead, our services-based Cloud system allows you to pay for applications only when you need them.
Benefits of the Cloud-based GAO Asset Tracking System:
- Lower initial investment by avoiding costly infrastructure expenses
- Faster roll out for a quicker ROI
- Ongoing software updates
- Highly scalable
- Access anywhere through a web browser
- Always-on and secure with the option of hosting on our servers or your own private network
Asset Tracking System: Applications
The GAO Asset Tracking System has been successfully applied to the industries world-wide:
Oil & Gas Industry
GAO Asset Tracking Solutions for the Oil & Gas Industry provides constant real-time tracking at yards and remote job sites to improve operational results and create significant return on investment.
GAO Asset Control Solutions for the Manufacturing Industry allows you to track important assets in your business that helps to minimize loss and improve the bottom line.
GAO Asset Tracking Solutions for the Construction Industry provides maximum visibility on labour, job-site logistics, and asset tampering so that every construction site is productive and safe.