You’ve done your research, hired a knowledgeable vendor, and have determined the best set of RFID tags to track your assets.
You now have thousands, tens of thousands, or maybe even hundreds of thousands of RFID tags that need to be affixed to and associated with your fixed assets.
The best course of action in getting the tags affixed, and the tag ID (the unique number pre-programmed into the RFID chip) into a tracking database is to conduct a physical inventory.
It is best to leave this to the experts as you already have a significant investment in RFID tags, hardware, and software. The vendor should be knowledgeable in best practices for affixing RFID tags. This will vary by tag type.
Depending on the nature of the asset, tags may be peel and stick, zip tied, fastened, epoxied, or otherwise affixed. This can require specialized tools and surface preparation. Tag orientation also plays an important role in tag readability.
During the physical inventory, in additional to affixing the RFID tags, using the tag manufacturers instructions/recommendations for application, information related to the asset is being captured and stored in a database.
At a minimum, you should be tracking the RFID tag ID, location, model number and description, and serial number (if available). Additional data elements can be captured at that time should it be deemed useful to the end user.
An experienced inventory team should be able to accurately complete your physical inventory, apply the RFID tags, and provide a you with an electronic database in a relatively short time span and with little to no disruption to your daily business activities.