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What is RFID Laptop Tracking? Implementation and Benefits

  • Akansha Sharma
  • Oct 16, 2023
  • RFID
What is RFID Laptop Tracking? Implementation and Benefits

RFID in laptop tracking is a robust solution that offers an enhanced layer of security and control over our portable devices which need to be protected from possible threats. Especially in organizations that use laptops and other smart devices as their mediums to perform different operations, it is one of the most important assets for the organization because it stores and deals with valuable information related to the organization. The laptop can have business plans, and employee and customer details; such information is a confidential asset for an organization, and they do not want to lose it. Due to their value, laptops need to be properly tracked and secured from theft.

To secure our devices from theft and loss, we require a long-term investment like RFID, which can be a reliable technology to track our assets.

RFID tracking enables automation and improves asset control, similar to barcode and QR code asset tracking, as it uses both tags and scanners. However, RFID is an advanced technology because it requires some additional tools, like an RFID reader that can detect an RFID tag automatically and a software system.

Implementing RFID Laptop Tracking

RFID Tags:

RFID tags are small devices that can be attached to laptops. These tags have a microchip and an antenna that allow them to emit radio waves when establishing a connection with RFID readers.

There are two types of RFID tags: active and passive tags. 

Active RFID tags have their own power source, and they can transmit signals over long distances. They can be helpful while tracking laptops in large facilities or outdoor environments, but they are more expensive than a passive RFID tag.

Passive RFID tags, on the other hand, rely on RFID readers to activate them. They are more cost-efficient than passive tags and can be used for tracking laptops in smaller areas. 

RFID Readers:

RFID Readers are devices that can detect and read signals emitted by an RFID tag. These readers are divided into two types: fixed and handheld readers.

These fixed readers are mounted on walls and ceilings, and they can detect RFID tags within a definite area. They can help track laptops in rooms or buildings.

Handheld readers are portable devices that can be used to scan tags on laptops while on the move within the facility.

RFID Asset Tracking Software:

This asset-tracking technology requires software to manage the collected data through readers. Which will provide reports and information insight to users and help in enhancing the user experiences, and software should be able to communicate efficiently with RFID readers. 

To implement an RFID laptop tracking system in an organization, you’ll need to invest in both tags and readers. In addition, you need software support to manage and store the data collected by readers. You’ll need a system that can be easily implemented into your workflow.

Benefits of implementing RFID tags for laptop tracking

1. Improved Accuracy: RFID tags are better than barcodes or serial numbers; they can be read from a certain distance through obstacles. Even if they are not in the line of sight of a reader, tagged laptops can still be tracked. RFID helps reduce human error as a traditional tracking method, which means that asset management will be more accurate.

2. Saves Time: RFID laptop tracking can help cut down on manual data entry, which will help save time and reduce the chances of mistakes.

3. Increased Productivity: It increases productivity by collecting accurate data in real time, which will allow for better and timely decision-making.

4. Cost-effective: This tracking technology will save you money in the long run. When you are not doing it manually, it allows you to reduce the labor cost and other resources needed.

 Where do I place RFID tags?

The placement of an RFID tag on laptops will depend on the type of tag you purchase. Generally, the laptop lid is the only option to place a tag, although sometimes these tags can be placed along the side without any issues. This will also depend on how many ports and surface areas are available on the side of the laptop. 

Testing an RFID tag is essential for all assets because of the read range and variation of the working environment. Test different tags on different models of laptops to ensure that the tag that you choose fits in your environment.

To conclude, RFID laptop tracking is a reliable and efficient way to manage and protect laptops from possible threats. Laptops have become essential tools for work and study, but they are highly portable and susceptible to theft. Tracking software and tags in asset tracking are more efficient and reduce the risk of theft.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q1) How is RFID technology better than QR codes?

Bar codes and QR codes require a visible tag on the assets for the scan and asset management processes. You can’t add a tag in the direct line of sight of valuable and delicate assets such as paintings, construction equipment, and critical medical devices.

On the other hand, RFID does not require a visible tag on the assets. You will use a reader to scan the assets, and then the reader will detect the tag on its own.

Q2) What kind of RFID tags are useful in laptop tracking?

Since most laptops have metal components, using On-metal/anti-metal RFID tags on laptops is the right way to do it. RFID Mount-on metal tags/labels are specifically designed for use in metal environments and can effectively overcome the interference issues. These RFID tags offer high conductivity and work effectively against metal interference.

Q3) How does an RFID system work?

An RFID system consists of readers and a transmitter, which also has a microchip and antenna attached to it. The readers send out electromagnetic waves with a signal tag that is designed to respond to them, and RFID software is used to calculate the tag's location.

Q4) What are the types of RFID systems?

There are three types of RFID systems. 

1. Low-frequency works on low-frequency with a range of 30-300 kHz; it typically operates at 125 kHz.

2. High-frequency RFID tags work on frequencies between 3 MHz, 30 MHz, and 13.56 MHz, similar to NFC.

3. Ultra-high frequency operates in the range between 300 MHz and 3 GHz. A passive tag offers a range of 15m, and an active tag will work on a range of 100 m.

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  • Created on Oct 16, 2023

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