business-561388_1280The tracking world as we once knew it, has taken a huge turn in the past 5 years. New federal rules and regulations can make it difficult to manage your assets while staying compliant. But with cloud-based tracking, it can be simpler than ever before. So, why exactly is cloud-based asset tracking a smart decision?

1.     Secure Hosting Services

You might have concerns about the security of storing sensitive information–like its precise location– within an unknown, intangible cloud. A2B Tracking’s secure cloud has been certified as secure by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP); a collaboration between cybersecurity and cloud experts from several government security agencies. FedRAMP upholds its security requirements by contracting an approved third party to assess and audit the security of a cloud service.

Not only is the cloud secure but you can also store and process ITAR-regulated data in the AWS GovCloud.

2.     Asset Tracking is Not Nearly as Effective Without Mobility

You no longer need to have a desktop computer tied to your desk to have the processing power you need. Tablets now have much more processing power with the benefit of being portable and easy to use. Plus, they are becoming more powerful and portable by the day. Even laptops, industrial mobile computers and smartphones have become powerful computing devices while being exceedingly user friendly. The ability to capture and update information at the point of activity–rather than logging and transposing information in a manual, error-ridden process–provides invaluable real-time data that increases security and can allow you to pinpoint any problems or loss of assets.

3.     Use of a License Plate Approach to Asset Tagging

When every asset has its own unique identifier, it only takes a moment to track. Utilizing multiple tracking methods, everything from 2D barcodes to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), lets you track not only location, but also more complex information about your assets. Linear and 2D barcodes like QR codes are easily identifiable, even with little to no training. These barcodes are used on everything from a phone to a vehicle, and scanning them with an app is as easy as snapping a picture. RFID tags that can be embedded into nearly anything–even iPads or military vehicles–and are complex enough to store detailed information. They have read/write capabilities and can contain enough memory to store complex, detailed information–like how long an asset has been active and when and where it was last serviced.

With secure hosting, increasing mobile tracking capabilities, and multiple (and detailed) tracking methods, cloud based asset tracking will help you track your assets and make sure they make it from point A to point B.