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Ark RFID provides asset management for small firms

Steve Rogerson
January 14, 2020



Ark Business Systems has launched an RFID cloud-based asset management system that helps smaller businesses save time and money keeping track of their equipment and materials. It is the first RFID offering from the wholly owned subsidiary of Iowa-based Metalcraft.
 
Called Grey Trunk RFID, it uses a mobile app available on iOS and Android devices to scan RFID tags or barcodes and perform an array of asset tracking and management functions, detailing documentation, custody, location, history and other data supporting efficient work.
 
“Cloud storage reduces upfront costs and makes asset tracking data available anywhere,” said Tyler Johnson, Ark Business Systems general manager. “Using a mobile app and a Bluetooth RFID reader keeps hardware simple, bringing the power of fast and effective data collection to smaller businesses. Grey Trunk RFID makes it easy for anyone to implement RFID right out of the box.”
 
Grey Trunk RFID starts at $49 per month for up to 500 assets, though there is a basic trial version available for free for up to 100 assets. An account can add unlimited users to ensure access for all who need to see the data. Custom reports with automated delivery ensure users see important information on a timely basis.
 
“Asset tracking with RFID technology decreases downtime, lost property and the costs incurred by replacing unneeded equipment and materials,” said Johnson. “Inventories that used to take hours can now be completed in minutes. Grey Trunk RFID allows users to cost effectively use RFID in their business processes.”
 
Since 1950, Metalcraft has provided property identification products from its headquarters in Mason City, Iowa. Metalcraft designs, engineers and manufactures custom RFID and barcode tags and labels for almost any tagging need, especially asset tracking, access control and OEM applications. Metalcraft also provides a wide range of services including RFID prototyping and pilot projects.