RFID Asset Management Checklist

15 Key Questions to Ask Before Tracking Assets With RFID

  1. What are you trying to accomplish?

    The first step is to understand your company's goals for this system.

  2. What does your current asset tracking process look like?

    Understand your current process before implementing any new changes in order to identify any obstacles.

  3. What are the problems or gaps in your current system?

    Identifying the underlying problem helps you design the framwork for a solution.

  4. How have these problems been addressed to date (if at all)?

    Identify how your cureent solution's problems can be solved in case RFID is not the solution.

  5. What would a 'perfect' system look like?

    Insight into your company's perfect system can prompt you in the right direction.

  6. Is there a budget for this system? If so, how much?

    Conducting research without a budget in mind can set unrealistic expectations.

  7. How many employees are currently involved in your process?

    For some systems, equipment is needed for each employee involved in the process.

  8. What assets will you be tracking?

    Helps to narrow down RFID tags and hardware that can be used.

  9. Are there any constraints as far as tagging these items (size or heat constraints)?

    Helps to further narrow down RFID tags and hardware that can be used.

  10. Do any of these assets contain liquids?

    Narrow down RFID tags as well as prepare any RF blocking blocking materials needed.

  11. Approximately how many assets will need to be tagged at a time?

    Understand minimum quantity of tags required.

  12. How many read zones do you require?

    Gives you the scope of the project including the amount of hardware needed.

  13. How fast will these assets move through the designated read zones?

    Narrow down the type of configuration and equipment required.

  14. Do you require real-time location?

    Help to determine what type of RFID system is needed.

  15. Are there any time constraints in setting up a system?

    Set a realistic timeline to avoid unrealistic expectations.