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Chicago Public Schools use RFID to track $450M of assets

The Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district serving over 402,000 students, is turning to RFID to protect and track technology assets and other expensive equipment. The school system is deploying a solution from Radiant RFID, LLC to manage the school district’s highly diverse and mobile inventory of more than $450 million in capital and controlled assets.

By utilizing Radiant’s Virtual Asset Tracker (VAT) solution, the district will replace its current bar code system with an RFID solution for approximately 100,000 assets at 200 campuses while upgrading data visibility district-wide. Radiant’s solution will ultimately encompass more than 650 campuses in the district.

Asset tracking

With Radiant RFID's asset tracking solution, an RFID reader sees all identified tags within its adjustable range with the click of a button, returning asset information to the database.

“During the RFP process, Radiant proved to be the best suited among competitors to solve complex asset management challenges across many campuses and we look forward to working with them as we begin to implement the solution within Chicago Public Schools,” said Peter W. Rogers, chief financial officer at Chicago Public Schools.

By automating data collection, RFID technology greatly reduces human effort and error. VAT, a complete solution consisting of UHF Gen 2 RFID technology and Radiant software, will enable CPS to accurately report expected and exact locations of large numbers of mobile assets, including technology, video, AV and kitchen equipment, and furniture, instruments, and vehicles.

VAT automates detailed reporting of asset location and ownership. The solution presents this data in many formats to all CPS departments, including accounting and finance, information technology, property management, and administration. Users will be able to create custom reports and view system dashboards to make better decisions for the utilization of assets.

“Radiant’s solution is specifically targeted at customer like CPS with highly complex tracking problems, extremely large numbers of items, and diverse locations,” says Kenneth Ratton, executive vice president at Radiant RFID.

“Having successfully deployed customers such as FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety, covering millions of items worth billions of dollars, we are confident that CPS will realize the benefits of our end-to-end approach quickly.”

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