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Asset management with QR asset tag

At the moment, most asset management takes place in the servers of the assets’ owners, and after scanning a QR code, the data has to be unloaded to asset management software.

Once you’ve assigned a QR code to an item, your chosen software will keep track of the item for you (though you have to configure the system yourself). For these purposes, QR codes work more or less the same as traditional 3 of 9 barcodes. There are signs that the traditional scanner-software-database cycle is becoming increasingly anachronistic, though. Since QR codes are internet-enabled and also able to give iPhone or Android phones complex instructions, they’re perfectly suited to cloud computing, where a code scanned by smartphone will send you to a webpage for that specific item.

Think of the potential – QR codes will be able to send users to something resembling a Facebook page for everything a business owns, where they’ll be able to manipulate that item’s use or repair status, location, current user or user history as much as they like. Many users will remember the library cards of yore, which recorded who had taken out books – in the future, QR codes will work the same way, only they’ll allow users to record far more data.

For now, anyway, the usual process is to tag every item that needs tracking, while using any one of the many asset tracking softwares available to record that item’s data. This is usually best done with the scanner at hand, since scanning items rather than punching in numbers all day tends to be easier and less prone to user error.

Asset Management Systems
Old-style asset tags like these serve a definite purpose, but QR technology and smartphones make a powerful combination – and businesses with serious asset management needs are taking advantage.