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Asset Tracking; Perfect Even For Small Businesses

Jul 1, 2008
Keeping track off, managing and maintaining any particular asset or vehicle in a fleet is an element of success that is hard to ignore. The tracking of assets is of vital importance, larger companies with huge asset numbers realise this importance and understandably employ software for the purpose.

If a company fails to employ an asset tracking system the financial losses can be vast, in the modern fleet management world, performing the task manually is simply not an option. One of the biggest savings when an asset tracking system is implemented is time; especially the time spent looking for assets. As a result, by saving this time you can increase efficiency and hence profitability.

Asset tracking is used for all manner of uses and in a variety of different environments. The term asset can refer to a person, an air conditioning unit or in the medical sphere a dialysis machine; fundamentally it is any physical option in a business. Some systems use barcodes to track assets, by giving every asset a particular barcode it is possible to get the location of any device by scanning it on the entry and exit to every room in a premises. While this is a commonly used method, not all asset tracking systems utilise barcodes, there are many different ways of scanning and locating equipment.

But if you are a manager why would you need an asset tracking system? Put simply this type of software will save your company time and money. It can help do away with the out of date spreadsheets that were the old way to track assets. Today software and systems have become affordable even for small companies helping them to increase efficiency and make more money. This opening up of the market means that no matter what the size of the business, the benefits of asset tracking software is hard to dispute.

The advanced nature of modern asset tracking systems can even take into account the depreciation in value of assets. This can be especially useful when it comes to the task of tax returns and audits. Unlike old systems, the modern allowance for depreciation means that managers can assess the value of their company at any point, making entire company valuations easier.

All businesses must take full inventories of their equipment at regular intervals throughout the year. It is at this point that asset tracking software can be especially useful. By having a full and complete inventory at the touch of a button time will be saved whenever the process is required. Instead of having a member of staff devoting a whole day or more to the task, the job can be done in under an hour; meaning that the worker can devote their time to business operations, subsequently making more money.

By improving your organisational performance you will ultimately make your business more efficient. Efficiency is key in any business if that business is to be profitable. With a variety of technologies being utilised by tracking systems it is possible to find the right system for your needs. By keeping a check of any asset that is worth a considerable amount of money you not only increase your efficiency but also increase the security of your operations.

Running a business is about having information at your fingertips that will help you run your operations, this type of software will assist you in this.
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Technology expert Thomas Pretty looks into ways in which asset tracking software and systems can help improve business efficiency.
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