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Can RFID Be Used for IT Asset Management?
If so, can you please provide some examples?
Yes, absolutely. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) launched an IT asset-management initiative in September 2012 at one of its two national data centers, with the goal of automating inventory and audit processes for its assets. The agency sought to reduce inventory cycle times, improve inventory accuracy and enhance security. The result of the project was a 90 percent reduction in the amount of labor required for tracking inventory at one of the centers (see Social Security Administration Tracks Data-Center Assets).
Companies that have deployed RFID technology in their data centers to better manage inventory include Cisco Systems (see Cisco Deploys RFID in Its Data Centers and Cisco Tracks IT Assets Via RFID) and Bank of America (see Bank of America Deploys RFID in Data Centers). And Alog Data Centers—a Platform Equinix company and one of Brazil's leading data-center firms—has introduced a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID system to track its data center assets (see Data-Center Firm Deploys RFID to Manage IT Assets).
Companies are also using RFID to track the temperatures of different areas within data centers to cool them more efficiently (see RFID Can Reduce Data-Center Energy Consumption).
In addition, there are a number of good white papers in our white paper library about using RFID to track IT assets.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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