WHITEPAPER – RFID vs NFC…What are the differences?

December 2, 2016 - News, RFID, RFID, RFID Engines, RFID Services

 

RFID vs NFC

What are the differences?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) are two closely related global wireless communication technologies used for a variety of applications, including access control, asset tracking and contactless payments. Both RFID and NFC technologies provide one-way communication and the ability to communicate without a direct line of sight. However, there are significant differences between the two.

Common applications for RFID include: asset tracking in warehousing, airport baggage handling, race timing, inventory management, tool tracking, access control, attendee tracking, livestock identification, and more.

Common applications for NFC include: transferring information between two smart phones such as file sharing, instant connection setups, and the ability to link everyday objects to online content; contactless payment using credit cards, debit cards, key fobs and other NFC secure devices; and smart posters with exclusive content.

For more information on RFID applications, or if you have further questions about specific standards within RFID (such as ISO 15693, ISO 14443, ISO18000-6C, RAIN RFID, EPC C1G2), contact us at 888.388.0490; we’d be happy to help.

 

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