Software keeps track of your assets

A new software program has been developed specifically to help police forces better understand their assets and save money through improved asset awareness.

Feb 12, 2009
By Paul Jacques

A new software program has been developed specifically to help police forces better understand their assets and save money through improved asset awareness.

Designed by fixed asset management solutions specialists Hardcat, the ‘asset lifecycle program’ allows assets – from office equipment to vehicles and protective clothing – to be managed and more effectively utilised throughout the lifecycle process.

“What many managers still fail to understand is that the purchase price is only 25 per cent of the total cost an organisation will pay for an asset over the course of its life,” explained Hardcat managing director Dan Drum.

He added: “Fixed asset management software controls what assets an organisation has and thus what they are truly worth over the assets lifecycle. Therefore, by participating within the ‘asset lifecycle program’ and through ongoing tracking processes, police forces can reduce the purchase of unnecessary assets, reduce asset downtime, improve productivity and benefit their bottom line.”

The program uses a configurable web-based asset tracking solution which delivers cost savings via its ability to accurately locate and redeploy existing assets to where they are needed most, thus limiting the need to buy or produce new ones.

The system also reduces labour costs, improves finances and increases employee satisfaction by ensuring that equipment is readily available and that products arrive at the right location, at the right time and in the right condition.

Assets can be accurately identified and tracked by using a combination of barcode and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. Asset information is then recorded by hand-held readers and collated.

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