A wide range of applications are possible building on this core set of equipment and software. Our clients have found that they can build whole new pharmaceutical inventory controls, IT troubleshooting aids, even compliance management tools.
Let’s see how.
Smart Locker Core Components...
When you boil it down, smart locker systems are made of four key components:
These are the secure storage spaces. They can be one-size-fits-all or stackable, modular systems like Real Time Networks deploys. Modular ones come in different sizes, which can hold assets like smartphones, laptops, evidence kits, up to long guns.
But they’re more than bare metal. They can include power and data ports for those electronics. Or digital scales for weight checks. We’ve even helped design refrigerated locker compartments to store sensitive pharmaceuticals and forensic evidence kits.
Touch Screen Terminal
Connected to the lockers is a touchscreen panel where staff sign their assets in or out. The panels can use a range of authentication methods, including PIN code, RFID fob, swipe card, or biometrics, including, fingerprints, facial scanning, or even iris scanning.
This is where the ‘smart’ in smart lockers comes in. Some locker systems, like our AssetTracer line, allow you to implement different sign out options based on business needs. If your lockers have charging ports, you can set the terminal to only unlock the tablets or radios at full charge. Or you can establish First In, First Out rotation plans. The radio or laptop that’s at the longest—the first in—will be the first one signed out, to distribute usage and wear.
As we’ll see further on, a whole range of interesting content surveillance applications open up when wireless readable RFID tags are embedded in your assets. RFID is a short range wireless communication standard that’s perfect for machine-to-machine transactions, like a smart locker verifying an asset placed inside it. RFID tags can be on keychains, embedded in durable fobs, or embedded right in things like radios, in rifle stocks, or inside laptops.
This last piece ties everything together.
This is a central application that monitors and reports on everything that happens with your smart locker system. Real Time Networks’ system is RTNHub. It automatically compiles a transaction log and records status changes to materials in your lockers, and issues alerts and reports.
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The Surprising Versatility of Smart Asset Lockers
We knew many things were going to be possible using our new AssetTracer smart locker system, but even we were surprised by some of our customers’ ideas. Here are some of the more interesting problems we’ve solved so far using AssetTracer systems.
This is Just the Beginning
This is just the first wave of new ideas that we’ve implemented using the AssetTracer line. As software and sensor technology advances, even tighter integration with security and business operations will become possible.
For our part, we’re looking forward to implementing full ‘cradle to grave’ asset management with AssetTracer. Controlling and securing everything related to an asset from the time it enters an organization until it’s disposed of.
A lot’s going to happen over the next few years. We can’t wait to see what other new solutions we can develop with our customers.
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