Government agencies and commercial companies alike face similar problems keeping track and managing critical assets in their organizations. These assets are some of the largest investments that any business or organization will make and as such, NASA’s Langley Research Center required a better method for managing inventory for thousands of critical data center assets as well as managing the movement of costly laboratory and testing equipment between the various NASA field locations.
Several existing challenges in tracking and identifying both the data center and highly mobile laboratory assets pointed to the need for a new approach. The LaRC team recognized that the physical inventories they were conducting were costly, time consuming and often highly inaccurate. In addition, the bar code labels being utilized were not readily visible or readable, contributing to the inaccuracies and it did not provide the ability
to locate critical assets across multiple facilities on a more real-time basis.