A common challenge I see in many lab environments is a limited understanding of what test equipment exists in the lab. In the best case scenario, someone maintains a spreadsheet containing instrument model, vendor, serial number, calibration date, etc. But let's face it: maintaining an Excel file with what equipment is being used, what is gathering dust, what is being rented, what is being loaned out to a partner, etc.... is hard to keep up with, and will likely be inaccurate in the due course of time.
What is the best way to track these assets?
GradientOne developed a feature to automate discovery and utilization of test equipment (you can read about our utilization feature here). Customers simply install our Discovery agent on the same network as their lab. Our Discovery agent subsequently monitors traffic and when it senses a new piece of test equipment on the network, it characterizes it, uploads information to the customer's GradientOne web portal, and allows the user to register the device for tracking and utilization.
Take a look at the below video that shows our Discovery feature in action.