At what point will RFID replace bar coding? That is a question that people have asked for a long time. We ask this, due to RFIDs ease-of-use and the much speculation about it replacing AIDC technology soon due to RFIDs price becoming more competitive.

Why RFID? The biggest drawback for bar codes is that you have to read them one at a time. For example in a retail setting, with barcode, you scan every item in an incoming shipment and it would take you much longer to conclude what your inventory is than RFID. When dealing with small SKUs or small and complex barcodes, RFID is a better application to use. However, RFID costs much more per tag. The speed of the read is not as much of a factor as the skid or pallet level bar coding, which is a more reasonable and effective technology. Bar code scanning limitations are offset by their favorable tag cost.

Both RFID and AIDC technologies have enough application opportunity to coexist, and there are also a number of applications where they’re joint use compliments each other and improves the overall end result. For example, RFID with a barcode can be used in receiving inventory in a retail setting and bar codes can continue to be scanned at the checkout registers with POS scanners. With bar codes and RFID, you don’t have to choose one or the other, you can have both.

For more information bar code label printers and RFID printers, contact a Card Tech ID representative at 1-866-348-1105 or visit us online.


About Card Tech ID

For more than 19 years Card Tech ID has been providing high quality ID card printers, complete digital photo ID systems, ID card software, HID proximity cards and tags, PVC card supplies, ID badge holders and accessories as well as custom printed ID products. We offer a wide array of products as the best prices and can ship most items the same day. Card Tech ID serves customers in many industries including: * Enterprises including fortune 500 companies * State government * Fire Departments * Police Departments * Hospitals * Small and large organizations * Sports teams * Restaurants * Elementary schools, college, universities * Event and conference * Recreation * Religious organizations Card Tech ID has earned the reputation of delivering the highest quality products and superb customer service. We are privately owned and operated in the USA and offer a selection of products made in the USA. We work closely with our customers in order to provide the appropriate products to fit their current and future needs. Your total satisfaction is our goal! We invite you to browse our website and shop our extensive product offers. Prefer to speak to a Customer Service Specialist? Please call us at (603) 736-0005 or email Our office hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM-5 PM EST.

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