More and more businesses are getting separate technology components for each of their employees. Many employees now have company-sponsored iPhones and other smartphones, laptops, printers, tablets, and other various pieces of technology that can be quite costly.
To help keep track of all these separate pieces of technology, asset tags are a necessity. An asset tag adheres to the technology (usually on the back or the bottom) and usually contains a unique barcode and identification number. These unique identifiers are kept track of via computer software. They tie the technology component with the employee that it is given to. Once an employee leaves the company, the technology can be “checked in” (much like a library book) until another employee comes along that needs it.
Inventory labels such as asset tags also allow companies to identify a piece of technology as their own property. Should it ever become lost or stolen, the asset tag can help facilitate recovery.
Asset tags come in a variety of sizes and colors and do not usually interfere with the mechanisms and working of the technology component they are placed on. Before ordering asset tags, be sure to measure the device area where it will be adhered and make sure it won’t be blocking any vents, switches, or other working pieces of the device.
For devices of various sizes, it may be necessary to order different sizes of asset tags. Organizing these by a specific color may be helpful in the tagging and organization process. It may also help prevent fraud. For example, if a small green asset tag is for tablets and then a larger red tag is used for laptops, the presiding IT employee will know something isn’t correct if they notice a green tag on a laptop. This may be due to human error but will help prevent stealing and fraud as well. Asset tags also come in destructable and security materials for added protection.