How Asset Tracking Works For School District Technology Needs

The Daniel Boone Area School District Technology Department maintains over 3,000 devices that are linked to the district’s wide area network.

The Daniel Boone Area School District serves students from Kindergarten through 12th grade in the borough of Birdsboro and Amity Township and Union Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The Technology Department maintains over 3,000 district devices that are linked to the district’s wide area network, also supporting all technology services such as E-Mail, district websites, student and employee information systems, network security and telecommunication systems.

The department works with the administrators, teachers, and students across the district to find, implement and support the best choices in technology. However, as a public institution, it is critical that with those choices, we have a complete and accurate accounting of all assets paid for with taxpayer dollars. The addition Asset Panda and its suite of asset management and tracking tools have allowed us to condense down several separate databases into one system giving us a full view of our inventory and improving accountability.

Before we started with Asset Panda, asset tracking occurred via Excel spreadsheets, network scanners such as Lansweeper, and other separate databases. These were segmented sources with no change logs or ways to know what had been updated, when and by whom. With so many assets being moved across multiple school campuses across the district at any given time, the ease of use of these various methods was not ideal.

We are now actively running all of our physical inventory out of Asset Panda's school asset manager software. The actions and notifications features have been especially useful in tracking such a large number of costly assets on a daily basis. With our team out in the field much of the time, the mobile apps have been very beneficial for making instant updates and getting real-time data on where our assets are and their condition.

We are preparing to do our first audit next month and will be implementing check out procedures in the upcoming school year. We anticipate that the check out procedures implemented in Asset Panda will greatly improve accountability and should positively impact the bottom line.

The customer service offered to Asset Panda users has been in a word, fantastic. Our account was set up quickly and the support team has always been available to assist us with any issues or questions we’ve had in a timely manner.

- Scott Matz, Director of Educational Technology

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