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  • Editing Team 14:25 on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How Long Does It Take to Read an RFID Tag Compared to Barcode? 

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    It should be borne in mind that RFID systems can be divided into various types. Different types of RFID systems can store a different amount of data, which affects the amount of time required to read a tag.

    The most commonly used tags — passive RFID tags can store only a serial number. They can be read within a second, so the read time is mere milliseconds.

    One big advantage of RFID over barcodes is that RFID does not require line of sight. Reading an RFID tag is slightly faster than scanning a barcode when you pick up a single tag and read it with a handheld, but it is faster when you perform inventory counts of multiple items on shelves or in a pile.

    To read a barcode, a holder must align the barcode to the scanner, while with RFID, you can just wave a scanner over the shelves and read all (or nearly all) tags on them.

    To summarize, RFID is 10 to 20 times faster than barcodes — and more accurate.

     
  • Editing Team 11:28 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple’s Passbook Gets NFC on Android Devices 

    Apple-Passbook-Android-PassWallet-NFC-rfid-blogAttido Mobile has updated its PassWallet app to allow Android devices to beam and redeem “passes” created for Apple’s Passbook via NFC.

    Apple’s Passbook app stores coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and more as .pkpass files. They are typically received by email and redeemed or validated at the point of use by presenting an on-screen 2D barcode to a reader.

    PassWallet was developed to allow Android and BlackBerry users access to these files too, and now Attido has worked with Skycore, the developers behind the CodeReadr mobile data capture platform, to add NFC beaming to the app.

    “Passes stored within PassWallet normally present pass IDs as barcodes for scanning but can now also beam pass IDs via NFC and have those IDs validated and redeemed with the CodeReadr app on NFC-enabled Android devices,” the partners say.

    “Apple created the Passbook standard for card, coupon and ticket delivery to iOS devices. My team built PassWallet to fill the gap for the Android platform,” adds Attido’s Andy Nugent. “We then expanded the technology to support NFC redemption on Android through our partnership with the CodeReadr team.”

    “Beaming NFC passes has the potential to eventually offer a fast, secure and seamless tap-to-validate process for passes,” points out Skycore CEO Rich Eicher. “As the technology matures and becomes broadly available, we expect consumers will find convenience in a simple tap.”

     
  • Editing Team 10:58 on July 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID or Bar Code? —-Reasons Why RFID Might Be Your Right Choice 

    barcode-versus-rfid-blogRadio-frequency identification (RFID) tags may seem to be a good choice, for studies show that companies which adopt such item-level tagging programs have a 98 to 99.9 percent inventory accuracy rate and a 4 to 21 percent jump in sales. However, the reality is that RFID tags can cost you much more than simple bar codes.

    So, will you get enough benefits from implementing RFID technologies? Are the costs worth paying for you to join the RFID revolution? If your companies meet the following five conditions, RFID tags could be your right choice.

    1. Bar codes can’t help solve inventory accuracy: Because item-level RFID makes inventory counts easier, it has grown particularly in the retail sector. RFID allows for more accurate data, reduced labor, better promotions and greater demand forecasting.

    2. Your tracking items are high-price: RFID tags are still expensive to buy and install, so the costs of tags and labors must not exceed the net benefit.

    3. Your system is coordinated: Your ERP and order entry systems must have their data synchronized to implement RFID technology.

    4. Your inventory features various models: If the products in your companies are of different sizes, colors and styles, individual tagging could help you a lot, which makes it easier for a consumer to find the right item. The breakdown of product permutations can help a distributor get a more accurate picture of how many different variants are available.

    5. Products have short sales period: Seasonal merchandise, for example, could benefit from RFID’s real-time inventory because the time window to sell the product is so short.

    Of course RFID tags aren’t for every company. If bar codes work fine for you, there’s no reason to switch.

     
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