Using RFID to track IT assets in a data center is getting more popular, because the technology can dramatically reduce the amount of time required to take inventory.
Several companies have developed solutions specific to this market, such as IBM (see IBM Offering IT Asset-Tracking Solution), RF Code (see RF Code Announces Platform for Tracking IT Assets) and Xterprise (see Rolls Out IT Asset-Tracking Solution). Most firms have turned to systems integrators, which purchase tags designed to work on blade servers and other assets, such as those from Omni-ID.
Readers are usually standard handheld or fixed devices, mounted on a cart that can be wheeled up and down aisles to read tags. The software used is usually an asset-tracking application customized for a specific company’s IT assets. ODIN Technologies has created a number of IT asset-tracking systems, and it produced a report on which ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags work best (see ODIN Report Reveals EPC RFID’s Effectiveness for Tracking IT Assets).
Here are a few more articles you might find relevant:
• IT-Austria Taps RFID to Track Assets
• PC Guardian Debuts RFID Suite for IT Asset Tracking
• Bank of America Deploys RFID in Data Centers
• Wells Fargo Banks on RFID
—Mark Roberti, Editor, RFID Journal
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