With a little help, any barcode can be fully imitated. On the other hand, programmable RFID tags are secured with advanced data encryption, which hackers and thieves cannot duplicate.
Fremont, CA: Radio frequency identification (RFID) and printed barcode technology are two different forms of technology that are mostly used for reading and collecting data. Even though they are both commonly used for inventory tracking and asset tracking in business, there are several differences in their capabilities and how they work.
Let us look at the advantages of using RFID Tags Instead of Barcodes:
Expanded Read Range: Barcodes need a scanner to read every tag manually, but RFID can track many tags simultaneously, transmitting data, eliminating the need for direct monitoring between the scanner and tag. Besides, RFID provides a longer read range, up to 100 feet away, compared to 20 feet for a barcode laser scanner.
Durability: A paper or vinyl barcode tag becomes useless once it is worn, torn, or dirty. RFID tags can not be hampered by some of the common problems that usually affect barcode scanning, such as torn, dirty, or obstructed labels. Barcode labels are immune to these problems because they are printed on paper.
Large Quantities Reading: Using barcode tracking software requires employees to scan each label separately. By contrast, RFID tracking software can read potentially hundreds of tags per second since radio signals from the reader activate the tags.
Improved Security: With a little help, any barcode can be fully imitated. On the other hand, programmable RFID tags are secured with advanced data encryption, which thieves and hackers cannot duplicate.