Tagging spare parts in complex asset operations [Part II]

In our last post we described the importance of a secure serialisation platform, like Relegen’s asset intelligence product, assetDNA, when managing spare parts and their lifecycles in complex asset operations. But there’s another half of the equation – the tag that carries the global unique identifier [GUID] to bridge the gap between data in information systems and real-world assets in the field.

There’s no shortage of options – but finding the right tag for each instance takes some doing. With so many factors playing a role – fit/form/function, environmental conditions, lifecycles, workflows, tag technology and type, frequency, read ranges and more – it can be hard to know where to start. Continue reading “Tagging spare parts in complex asset operations [Part II]” »

Barcodes vs. RFID

Part II of a series about today’s smart asset IDs and their best suited applications

In our last post, we kicked off a series about asset ID tags with a look at asset identification using barcoding. Today we pick up where we left off with an introduction to RFID and how the technology compares and contrasts with barcoding. RFIDs and barcodes are similar in that they are both data collection technologies which automate the process of collecting field data. Both forms of auto-ID have their pros and cons for asset tracking, asset management and asset lifecycle management, and either one may be better suited for your specific project. Continue reading “Barcodes vs. RFID” »

Which barcode is best?

Part I of a series about today’s smart asset IDs and their best-suited applications

When we receive inquiries about assetDNA, often the first line of questioning dives straight into asset tags – or assetDNA ID’s as we like to call them. So we’d like to kick-off a series of posts outlining some of the differences between barcodes, HF, and UHF RFIDs and their best-suited applications. Today we’ll start with a look at barcodes and why they can still be the most appropriate application for many projects, despite all the hype around RFID. Continue reading “Which barcode is best?” »