RFID to Track Real-time Asset Location
In the July 25th, 2009 CompTIA SmartBrief newsletter [firstname.lastname@example.org]was the following blub:
Data centers the next target for RFID
RFID technology is seen by many in the financial services industry as a solution
for Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory compliance, allowing firms to accurately and easily
keep tabs on assets, and a group called the Financial Services Tech Consortium
has been assembled to develop standards for RFID-based IT asset tracking.
According to the group, the technology has helped Bank of America trim its time
spent on inventory by 90%, followed by Wells Fargo and Chase at about 78% each.
IT Business Edge (6/24)
Did you realize that if you have CMDB Solution (part of the Asset Management Suite) and a Cisco wireless network, you may be closer to being able to track your assets than you realized.
From the IT Business Edge article:
“A better solution is a stationary RFID scanner at the door of the data center that can
automatically track everything that goes in and everything that goes out. Other options
are a stationary scanner in the ceiling and a push-cart system that rolls through larger
data centers taking readings.
Networking vendor Cisco tracks about 400 pieces of equipment in one data center using an
active Wi-Fi RFID system using its own wireless infrastructure. The system takes inventory
every three hours and updates its asset-management system.
In e-mail, David Hensley, Cisco’s program manager for IT, declined to elaborate on the ROI for
the project, but said the company is working to implement similar systems at its other data centers.”
I’ve spoken to David at Cisco, and he is using Altiris Asset Management Suite and Cisco’s Mobile Service Engine (MSE) to track servers, right down to their rack location.
Let me know if you are interested in hearing more.
Altiris Asset Management Suite Product Manager