RFID Asset Tracking and barcodes are quite similar when it comes to collecting data there are some real and important differences between the two.
Some important differences between the two that favor RFID technology include:
1. Speed – according to the RFID Journal, RFID is fifteen to twenty times faster than barcode technology when it comes to inventorying IT assets.
2. According to Motorola, there are companies that have seen up to a 95% cut in time when using RFID.
3. It eliminates direct scanning.
4. Scanning becomes more efficient as multiple items can be scanned at the same time. And multiple can mean hundreds while barcodes are strictly one item at a time.
5. While RFID was much more expensive than barcodes, this gap is closing. It’s still more expensive but is now more inline with the cost of high quality barcode labels.
6. With RFID, you do not need a direct line of site the way you do with barcodes. You just need to be within the codes reading range. This can be a huge time saver.
The passive read range is up to forty feet for fixed readers and up to twenty feet with the handheld readers.
An active RFID read range can be hundreds of feet. At most, barcodes have a read range of several feet with line of site.
7. Identification is more detailed and more efficient with RFID. With a barcode you can identify the type of an item. With RFID you can identify each unique item or asset that has been tagged.
As you can see, RFID technology offers many positive benefits over barcodes when it comes to asset tracking and it’s use will most likely increase going forward.