Just about every office space, irrespective of size, shape or location, will have at least a few pieces of sophisticated and expensive technology in it. Laptops, desktop PCs, servers, printers, photocopiers and tablets are all usually found in a typical office space, and can have a combined value running into tens of thousands of pounds or even more.
At the same time, computers, laptops and servers may have some important documents or data stored on there, making them even more valuable. The intellectual and monetary value of your office’s tech means that keeping it secure at all times is an absolute must, but what, aside from a series of security alarms, could help guard against loss or theft?
Stick to a plan
Asset labels are perhaps the best thing any piece of tech could have for a variety of reasons. They include:
- Making it easier to locate and work out who each piece of kit belongs to
- Being able to keep track of it by noting down each label’s unique code
- Being able to trace each item that comes with an asset label because of the technology behind them
- Using each label to determine where in the office every item should be, whether in the office closet, on the desks or in the staff room
All this and more make asset labels worth looking into, especially for businesses; but there are different types of label which offer extra security, which helps to set them apart from an ordinary set of stickers.
Null and void
Asset labels are among the most popular types of label available. They can be used for just about anything, and the technology behind them appears to be pretty sophisticated, which means that if they’re stolen, it’s easier to retrieve them with the help of the police or any private security firm.
How they work is that, using a special type of adhesive, they become impossible to remove. This is the case with permanent white labels, while silver voiding labels work a little differently, but are no less secure.
If something with a voiding label is taken and the thief tries to remove the label, a second layer with the word ‘void’ plastered all over it is revealed to show that it’s been tampered with. The materials used are a polyester face, which is glued down using a two-stage adhesive.
What makes voiding labels attractive as a security device is that, even if stuck on in the same place after being removed, it will become apparent that they have been tampered with to some degree, therefore catching the thief out!
Stuart Jailler of Seareach Ltd said: “With the amount of information able to be accessed and held on current day devices, knowledge that there has been a physical breach of security should form a critical part of a businesses’ IT plan.”
He went on to mention the technology found in asset and security labels can be based on a specialist two stage adhesive. In essence, one of these layers releases quicker than the other at attempted removal, providing a shearing effect that reveals the word void.