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Chinese Banks Track Assets, Cash and VIP Customers

China Construction Bank is using EPC Gen 2 tags to monitor servers at its data center, while the Bank of China is employing active 433 MHz tags to identify the arrival of cashboxes and important clients at its branches.
By Dave Friedlos
"Monitoring assets in real time also provides an added level of security," Kurniawan says, "and can prevent theft, as the company knows exactly who is accessing the server room at all times, and where equipment is being moved to."

RCG developed its own UHF RFID reader and antenna, which are mounted into the server rack and other locations in order to monitor the servers and other IT equipment. The firm has also worked with Hewlett Packard (HP) to develop application management software for data storage and analysis.

With the RFID tag attached to IT assets, mapping information detailing the assets' location is stored in the database. The application software periodically triggers the interrogator to read the RFID tag, and the collected data is then transmitted to the application software, where the movement of assets can be analyzed, before being stored in the database.

"We are currently testing the system in a live environment, operating 24 hours, seven days a week," Kurniawan states. "We are ensuring asset information can be matched with the tags, and alerts triggered when items are moved."

The Bank of China, meanwhile, has introduced RCG's Cashbox Management system to improve security when transporting cashboxes to its branches. The bank also uses the company's VIP Management System to improve customer service for its most valued clients.

The Cashbox Management System employs RFID to track and trace individual cashboxes throughout a bank, as well as in transit between branches. "Cashboxes often have significant amounts of cash inside, and require a security guard to accompany them when in transit," Kurniawan says. "Using RFID, guards can be alerted when a cashbox has arrived at the bank, and the Bank of China can know the exact movements of the cashbox between locations for added security."

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