Tracking system enables schools to log assets


Tracking system enables schools to log assets

Antony Savvas

A mobile tracking system has been launched to help schools log the IT assets they hold, along with other items.

IT Vision, a specialist in web-based asset discovery and software licensing, is offering schools a simple way of tracking where their assets are located and how much they are worth.

Its Parago Mobile system enables schools to record and manage every asset, from computers in the IT suite to kettles in the staff room.

IT Vision says IT is particularly difficult to manage, with items such as laptops, digital cameras and wireless devices constantly being moved from classroom to classroom, and also being taken outside school buildings.

The supplier said the new system is particularly useful in the event of fire or theft, where schools rely on insurance claims to recuperate their losses.

Parago Mobile enables schools to assign a barcode to every asset in the building. Using a handheld PDA device or smartphone, which connects remotely to the Parago web database, technicians can record the barcodes and enter the asset information into the database. 
Users can also download asset information from the main database onto the handheld PDA, which can easily be transported around the school. As a result, the user can perform an audit of all the organisation’s equipment whilst walking around the buildings.

All barcoded assets are presented visually in a 3D icon-based interface.

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