Asset Tracking
Drax Technology is to broaden its product offering with the launch of our new Assetwhere range of products designed to help locate life safety related assets using the latest wireless and GPS technologies.

Drax Technology has strong relationships within the NHS, education and commercial sectors built over many years through the monitoring of fire detection sensors and other life safety critical equipment both on and off site.

“As a result of our long-term relationships with these bigger institutions, using a reliable product, we are now being asked to do much more”, says Drax Technology’s sales director Alex Cother. Alex goes on to say that, “These institutions are now beginning to see that there are financial and productivity benefits as well as enhanced compliance by investing in new technologies”.

To meet customer’s demands, Drax Technology are looking to launch several new products. The first uses a small discreet battery powered wireless transmitter capable of transmitting more than 500,000 times before a replacement is needed that can be affixed to normally static items such as fire doors, fire extinguishers and escape chairs. The low-cost sensor, about the size of a 50p coin, will show whether a fire door is open or closed or whether a fire extinguisher is on its bracket or has been moved. Used proactively the data collect on each asset can be used not only to identify and locate the asset but to notify when a service is due or a replacement needed.

For those items that get moved around site, hospital beds, wheelchairs, keys, tools, ladders and vehicles there will be a range of wireless and GPS transmitters suitable for both internal and external use. To locate assets, transmitters are plotted on to detailed AutoCad drawings overlaid on to Google maps to show their precise location. Additionally, rules can be created for individual transmitters to provide notifications or alerts on mobile devices and if required, reports generated for analysis.

As for cost, always a consideration, the solutions are all scalable and apart from a small initial set up cost, are subscription based. Generally, dependant on the size of the building and the quantity of sensors installed. When compared with the cost of replacing mislaid equipment the money spent on tracking assets is small. For example, a bunch of keys, not a high value item but if their loss presents a security risk, the potential costs to the business or organisation are enormous and the disruption significant.

For larger more valuable items of equipment, knowing where the equipment is located, when you need it, is probably just as significant. It’s difficult to put a value on the time wasted by staff trying to find equipment that has been discarded by another user. Identifying where the equipment is quickly, will certainly be important to the smooth running of the operation and to the level of service provided to the customer.