HP today announced Oct. 23 that its researchers have created a RFID asset tracking technology for data centers and successfully tested it with Meijer Inc., a grocery retailer with stores throughout the midwestern U.S.
Developed by HP Labs, the RFID technology can automatically monitor data center assets and provide real-time tracking and auditing of servers, networking equipment and storage enclosures. The sensing infrastructure creates a high-resolution view of devices throughout the data center. The system also can provide historical data related to additions, changes and moves of servers and server-related equipment.
"Physical inventory of IT assets is critical in data centers, especially those with thousands of devices," said Frank Lanza, director, RFID Program, HP. "HP RFID technology could enable better accuracy of inventory, increase security and reduce data center operational and auditing costs."
HP regards RFID as a key technology to help retailers, manufacturers and other users reduce supply chain costs while speeding the flow of merchandise from the factory, through the distribution center and to the retail store, ultimately providing consumers with better product availability. RFID also has evolved to include other uses such as inventory auditing and asset tracking.
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