Excel is a useful tool for setting up very basic inventory, equipment tracking, and asset tracking management systems. There are a lot of asset tracking software tools, but if you just need a simple solution, you can download the free Asset Tracking Template. Asset tracking is particularly useful for tracking computer hardware, tools, repair equipment, and other fixed assets of any firm.
Asset monitoring (Track)
The Asset Tracking worksheet help you include the following information:
- Item description
- Purchase information
- Quantity and value
Depending on the use, you may not need all the columns, or you may want to add some more. Still if you want to track your equipment, you may want to consider ID tags.
The asset tracking template also contains a Suppliers worksheet, so you can keep the track of supplier contact information for repair, maintenance, and warranty purposes.
Asset tracking refers to the method of tracking physical assets, either by scanning barcode labels attached to the assets or by using tags which broadcast their location. These technologies are used for tracking persons wearing a tag.
RFID tags broadcast the location but have limited transmission range. An asset tracking system can record the location and usage of the assets and generate various reports.
Assets is track by scanning barcodes such as QR codes. QR codes can be scan using smartphones with cameras and dedicated apps, as well as with barcode readers.
Latest trend in asset tracking is NFC. NFC technology simplifies tracking of assets by tapping the assets and getting details.
GPS asset tracking
Assets are track globally using devices which combine the GPS system and mobile phone or satellite phone technology. Such devices recognizes as GPS asset trackers and are different from other GPS tracking units. The frequency with which position of the device must know or available dictates the quality, size or type of GPS asset tracker.
Mobile phones are personal devices. Asset tracking apps for smart devices that are using as a means of personal tracking and rescues.
Wi-fi, IR, LoRa and Bluetooth
For indoor asset tracking Wi-fi combines with other technology like IR. Bluetooth and LoRa technology are also useful, and may provide more accuracy even if these radio technologies weren’t primarily developed for location tracking.