A Mobile Asset Scanner Isn’t Just the Best Way, it’s the Only Way to Go

What do you use for an asset scanner? If you’re like a lot of companies out there, you’re probably using a handheld scanning device. Those work fine, but they have a few disadvantages that you should consider. First, they’re a bit clunky. If you need to scan an item, you’ve got to track down one of them first. Much like your fixed assets, they’re prone to getting lost or stolen. And while your company may have a multitude of employees who need to scan assets, you may not have an adequate volume of handheld scanners, which places them in demand and can delay your productivity. Second, those scanners cost money. For that reason, you probably don’t have that many of them. Third, the scanners break down on occasion, adding hassle and expense and slowing down your processes.

When it comes to asset tracking and management, you’ll have the best odds of success if you can get everyone one of your stakeholders – those who are involved in any way in the lifecycle of your assets – on board. It stands to reason, then, that your asset tracking processes should be as simple as possible. So your asset scanner, if possible, should be accessible to everyone and not limited by cost, quantity or location. This is where mobile technology comes in. Today, you have the ability to scan items using apps on your smartphone or tablet, which then removes the barrier to accessibility, while increasing accountability and accuracy throughout your organization in the long term.

Once an item has been scanned, you’ll want to be able to use your asset tracking platform as a one-stop shop, so to speak, for data about that asset. From an item’s real-time location, condition and value to the identity of the person who has it, its check-in/check-out status, warranty information and complete maintenance history, assets are attached to a great deal of information which you need to be able to access, analyze and share with others.

Asset Panda spent years researching, developing and testing the world’s most powerful, yet simple to use mobile asset tracking platform. It’s powered by free mobile Android and iOS apps that sync with the cloud and include a mobile asset scanner, effectively eliminating the need for additional hardware, software or expensive software licenses. All of our clients are entitled to an unlimited number of users at no additional charge, so they can bring everyone on board and close the communication loop. With Asset Panda, clients have 24-hour, real-time access to all of their asset data. There’s no more guesswork or wasted time. Additionally, Asset Panda can generate barcodes for clients, and in July 2017 launched Buy Asset Tags, an online store designed to provide clients with durable and secure asset tags and labels. Buy Asset Tags products work in conjunction with Asset Panda’s barcode scanner and has enabled Asset Panda to offer a seamless, turnkey solution for clients’ asset tracking needs.

Here's how a photography studio, Banga Photos, used Asset Panda to help staff track and manage their assets efficiently and easily:


Asset Panda’s mobile platform is flexible, customizable and incredibly intuitive, requiring no special training to master. Want to learn more about the future of asset tracking and just how easy and efficient it can be? Go to assetpanda.com, and start your free 14-day trial.

Courtney Roush

Courtney Roush is a freelance writer, editor, and communications strategist with 25 years of experience. Her favorite discipline is crisis communications – and it’s a highly relevant one in our present times.

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