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How the Smartphone can Transform your Asset Control Systems

In this article we are going to explore how barcode scanning using smartphones with Ventory can be used in inventory control. We will see how this technology can help businesses keep track of their spare parts inventory, and how it can be used to streamline the control process. 


Barcode Scanning for Inventory Control and Tracking 

Inventory can include anything from raw materials, and WIP (Work in Progress) to finished goods, and companies have always had to design systems to control and track these assets.  

There are many reasons for companies to keep track of their assets, including financial, accounting, and regulatory reasons, as well as theft prevention.  

Barcodes are a common way to streamline the process of cataloging and counting assets, as they can conveniently connect users to metadata such as the asset’s location, status, history, and other details. 

As more and more enterprises invest in smartphones to scan these barcodes, a rugged smartphone app-based solution like Ventory 3.0 mobile can help companies cut costs associated with hardware, maintenance, and repairs. 


Here are some of the common ways people use Ventory Web and Ventory App solutions: 

  • Digitize remote inventory across fragmented locations 
  • Locate hard-to-find assets, even in areas without internet connectivity 
  • Monitor the movement of assets 
  • Identify and store asset details 
  • Create an audit trail of each asset 


Next, we will look at the total cost of ownership considerations and how much value smartphone-based barcode scanning can bring to the enterprise. 

Enhancing Scanners and Leveraging the Bring-Your-Own-Device Trend 

By providing their entire workforce with an app that can be downloaded to their personal devices, enterprise companies are able to capitalize on the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and expand their savings even more.  

Such an app can enable "occasional scanners," those employees who would not otherwise have access to a Zebra barcode scanner but still could find a use for one from time to time. With this type of app, occasional scanners can quickly and easily access the information they need without having to rely on company-issued smartphone devices. 

Ventory's breakthrough cloud-based solution enables a suite of machine learning and AI-based functions and analytics to allow companies to digitize and automate their inventory using a combination of barcodes and other identifiers. 

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