Auto-ID Technology Overview

Auto-ID refers to the automatic identification and collection of data, often in real-time. In asset tracking and inventory management terms, auto-ID is the technology that can identify a single item at any location and at any time. Through a combination of tags, beacons, and readers, this is the fastest, most cost-effective way to acquire the most accurate data without manually locating and monitoring items, as well as reducing the likelihood of human error in data entry.

Acumentive has over a decade of experience in a range of auto-ID technologies that enable real-time automatic identification and location capture. As one of the few providers who are truly hardware-agnostic, we future-proof our solutions. Not being locked into proprietary technology allows us to find the best fit for your organisation and can help support and change over to new standards as the environment evolves. The SenseAnyWare software platform also has the unique ability to simultaneously gather and process location information from multiple auto-ID technologies and reader sources.


AutoID and readers

Being hardware agnostic means we source the best auto-ID technology and reader combinations to fit your needs and budget.

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Traditional Auto-ID


Used for identification and scanning in line-of-sight, a barcode is machine-readable data represented in 1D (vertical lines) and 2D (data matrix). This technology also includes DPM (direct part marking) where assets are marked permanently to allow for tracking through their entire lifecycle. Barcodes have a low unit cost; ideal for lower value and/or high-volume items.


RFID (radio frequency identification) allows data to be read wirelessly using radio waves. With passive RFID (powered by a reader), individual and multiple tags can be read from a distance and without line-of-sight. This allows for fast, cost-effective item locating and tracking. However, active RFID (powered by a battery) is more common for high value assets.

RTLS, Sensing and GPS

RTLS (real-time locations systems), remote condition sensing, and GPS (global positioning systems) are more complex integrated technologies that identify exact geographical locations – both indoors and outdoors – using a combination of radio frequency (RF) and non-RF technologies.

AVAILABLE NOW - Bluetooth Low Energy tags

BT for web

Along with providing the best in traditional auto-ID technologies, Acumentive offers the latest in high-value asset locating via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Read more about BLE beacon technology here.