Hardcat RFID Sentinel – asset tracking with fixed readers

RFID asset tracking and management solutions help to manage information such as item quantities, personnel assignments and maintenance needs. The purpose of tracking and monitoring systems is to track the movement of physical assets via barcode, RFID and GPS technologies. The increasing demand for better tracking and management solutions across the different industry sectors is a major factor for the growth of asset and inventory management solutions.

RFID asset tracking solutions are focusing on advancing fixed RFID readers by integrating sensors and other communication technologies through which users can track their assets.  Vendors in the fixed RFID reader market are also focusing on integrating fixed RFID readers with IoT and Big Data Platforms to identify an object and its real-time location.

RFID solutions give you the real-time asset visibility you need to streamline operations, maximise asset utilisation and automated asset data collection.


RFID asset tracking systems are a cost-saving organisational tool. Used by large warehouse operations and businesses with expensive and/or mission-critical movable items, that might travel around a single facility or between multiple locations.

High-value portable IT equipment is perfect for RFID asset tracking
High-value portable IT equipment is perfect for RFID

Major benefits of RFID asset tracking with fixed-readers

Tracking assets automatically with an RFID solution offers two major benefits; automated workflows relating to asset movements and automated asset data collection. You no longer need to manually enter data when issuing and returning or moving items.

Fixed RFID readers (attached to walls, ceilings or doorways) will scan the RFID tags for you, and record the locations as the item moves around. Eliminating clerical errors and keeping your asset register up-to-date in real-time.

Reach higher efficiency and productivity levels, compliance and effective asset utilisation by integrating your solution to enable the unification of job processes.  


How do RFID fixed readers work?

Simply put, an RFID tag is attached to an item and a record is created in the asset register, locally, on a server or in the cloud. The item is then deployed to a location. When the item is subsequently moved, the fixed RFID readers will pick up the RFID tag signalling movement and record the location change. Creating an audit trail, or chain of custody. Adding further processes such as maintenance and procurement provides for:

  • Automated procurement
  • Checking in assets for maintenance and repair
  • Tracking usage history
  • Monitoring work orders

Detailed information about inventory, consumables, assets, parts, tools and equipment items can be used to reduce operational costs, increase efficiency and reduce time and money spent searching for items.

Choosing a cloud-based RFID asset tracking solution is even better! It keeps all your recorded data secure with simultaneous backups. Utilise operational budget rather than make a capital purchase to smooth out the cost of deploying your solution and to satisfy budgetary considerations and approval processes.

RFID asset tracking coverage zones

Hardcat and fixed readers monitoring container contents
Hardcat and fixed readers monitoring container contents

Deploy fixed readers to cover entry and exit points within a location, for the areas you want to monitor assets within. For more precise asset movements within a large area, ceiling or wall deployment will create a more comprehensive coverage zone. So you can track a tagged asset’s exit, entry or transition movements between these locations automatically.

TIP: Scale your coverage zones. Start with your most important locations, and expand as the proof-of-concept bears fruit. Start with doorway readers for simple “locate, identify or authenticate items tagged within an area”.


RFID asset tracking and CCTV

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Hardcat RFID Security

The deployment and use of RFID technology are growing rapidly across all types of industries. The RFID technology is used not only in traditional applications, such as asset and inventory tracking but also for security in unmanned locations.

When you combine asset tracking with CCTV, you have an automated solution for unmanned high-security areas. This type of solution triggers a CCTV camera to take photos of persons entering or leaving a location who do not comply with the requirements of the organisation. Rasing a work order containing the photo as well as RFID tag details of both the asset(s) and the person in question. And routing that information to security automatically for follow-up.

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Hardcat Sentinel RFID asset tracking chart
Hardcat Sentinel RFID asset tracking chart

How Hardcat and RFID fixed readers work together

How do fixed RFID readers fit into the Hardcat solution landscape? A Hardcat location is mapped to each RFID reader, so we can track the “last known location” movement transactions of multiple assets and personnel moving through a reader “field” or “gateway”.

Hardcat’s Sentinel is a very true form of RFID in that the solution handles identification and location of items, while the back-end of the Hardcat (or Lebosi) software delivers a capability to manage the lifecycle of assets, tools and equipment along with a means to connect (authenticate) and engage with the items.

Hardcat Sentinel is an application that utilises fixed RFID readers positioned at strategic locations indoors or outdoors. The application reads RFID tags moving through doorways or locations, automatically checking items and personnel in and out of locations. For real-time asset tracking! https://www.hardcat.com/2019/04/29/rfid-security-people-assets/

Hardcat Sentinel with CCTV is an important deterrent in areas without physical security as RFID readers (installed at prominent entry and exit points) will automatically detect unauthorised assets and people moving in and out of these locations. 

Everything you need for RFID asset tracking

We supply everything you need to maximize the benefits of RFID in your organisation. Our team will work with you to choose the correct RFID tags and readers, and the all-important Hardcat software that ties it all together!

  • RFID tags for any environment
  • RFID readers for every application
  • Antennas to maximize RFID performance
  • Field-proven industry-leading RFID technology
  • Hardcat software

Hardcat’s solutions deliver deeper business intelligence. The rich data provides you with the critical insights you need to make decisions. And with the data accessible wherever you are, it’s not hard to make the big calls that will optimise your assets and ensure better governance.

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