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RFID-enabled Lockers Help U.K. Organizations Manage Electronic Equipment

Britain's Highways Agency, police departments and schools are using Traka's lockers to monitor the storage of radios and other devices, as well as those who use that equipment, and when.
By Claire Swedberg
The software enables managers to view each radio's status in real time, and to determine which radios are stored within which particular locker, using a dashboard provided by the software. Personnel can also receive alerts. For example, if an individual goes to the locker and opens it, but then fails to place the item inside, an alert can be issued via e-mail or SMS text message. A similar alert can be sent in the event that an asset is not returned when expected, such as at the end of an individual's work shift.

Recently, Kent says, British schools have also been using the technology. Schools often supply students and staff members with electronic equipment, such as PDAs, Apple iPads and laptop computers, and the system is being utilized in classrooms and libraries to track to whom items are assigned, as well as when they are returned.

According to Kent, Traka develops and manufactures its own readers and antennas, while using RFID tags from a variety of suppliers.

Since the system's installation, Kent reports, the Highways Agency's offices have experienced a boost in operational efficiency, by reducing the amount of time that workers previously spent auditing the radios. "The system has also improved [the agency's] terminal-monitoring capability," he states, "and ensured it can more easily comply with Airwave Code of Practice."

Representatives of the Highways Agency were unavailable for comment for this story.

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