That’s all you need: One NFC tag for endless applications

An NFC tag is a small passive object, without a power source, that can interact with a mobile phone. It contains an NFC chip and an antenna. The chip has user memory that can be written to using a standardized data format and allows the phone to read the data, for example, opening a specific URL to a mobile experience in a web browser. NFC tags come in many different sizes and antenna shapes. The larger the antenna, the greater the range (usually up to 4 inches or 10 cm). We recommend using large antenna sizes if possible for a smooth user experience. If you want to reduce the range to very close for added security, choose a smaller model

What is the difference between NFC vs RFID?

NFC (Near Field Communication) is a specialized subset within the family of RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification). RFID uses radio waves to transmit information, like other wireless standards such as Bluetooth and WiFi.

RFID tags operate in three frequency ranges:

  • Low Frequency (LF) 125 -134 kHz
  • High Frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz
  • Ultra High Frequency (UHF) 856 MHz to 960 MHz

These frequency ranges allow generic RFID devices to be tailored to different use-cases, with each frequency having its own advantages. NFC, as a subset of RFID, operates within the High Frequency (HF) range of the RFID spectrum.

General read range < 10 cm Up to 20 meters
Typical use cases Product authentication, Brand protection, Consumer engagement, Mobile payments Asset tracking through the supply chain, Real-time inventory management, Loss prevention
Reader Smartphone Handheld reader, Fixed infrastructure reader
Number of tags scanned at a time One Multiple

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