Smart lockers offer digital solutions to real-world business problems. They can improve many activities, including everything from equipment tracking, to managing regulatory compliance, even to no-contact, unattended asset delivery.
Smart lockers aren’t just for security departments either. Teams in many different parts of many different organizations have found powerful, effective uses for smart lockers. This article explains exactly how smart lockers work and describes just some of the many uses Real Time Networks customers have for smart lockers in their industries.
Smart Lockers are Platforms for Automating Key & Equipment Management
If all your company cares about is secure storage, then traditional offline lockers are the best choice for you. But if your equipment is expensive, regulated, or used in complex or important workflows, then smart lockers can do some of the management ‘heavy lifting’ for you.
Electronic lockers also have secure storage compartments, but they come integrated with a computer control system and a network of sensors that can monitor and track items stored in those compartments. That computer system also tracks which assets are signed in and out by your personnel.
The integrated computer system can automate many time-consuming tasks. For example, you can use a smart locker system to automatically manage maintenance requests without an equipment manager ever needing to get involved.
If a user returns a defective laptop to the locker system, the access terminal can prompt the user to report any issues. For example, the user reports that the laptop crashes when they open a particular application. The locker system will prompt the user to deposit the laptop in a specific maintenance compartment, send an email alert to your tech support team, and prevent anyone not on that team from signing the laptop back out until tech support reports the issue resolved.
See what a smart locker can do for your organization.
Industry Use Cases
Real Time Networks has worked with a broad range of businesses in many different industries. While you can find common patterns among them—namely, an interest in streamlining costly, tedious manual work—each uses key and asset lockers in different and interesting ways.
What can Smart Lockers Do for You?
These are just some of Real Time Networks customers' uses for smart lockers. With so many different hardware and software configurations available, any organization can customize a locker system for the tracking and management tasks they care about the most.
Want to find out more about using smart lockers in your organization?
Check out our guide: 'Best Practices for Physical Asset Management'
About the Author
Jay Palter, VP of Marketing