Barcodes vs QR Codes vs RFID: Which is better?
Barcodes and QR codes have revolutionized the way businesses track their assets. By utilizing these simple yet powerful technologies, companies can quickly identify, locate and manage their inventory and equipment with unprecedented accuracy and efficiency. Compared to RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, barcodes and QR codes offer several advantages that make them ideal solutions for asset tracking and management.
Barcodes and QR codes are cost-effective solutions for asset tracking compared to RFID tags which require additional hardware such as readers or antennas to function correctly. In addition, Barcode scanners are relatively inexpensive while still providing accurate data capture capabilities; similarly, scanning a quick response code is fast becoming an industry standard due to its affordability and ability to store large amounts of information in a tiny symbol.
In addition, anyone can easily print barcode labels on demand from any computer without having the specialized equipment you would need with RFID tags; making them more accessible to print in-house. For this reason they are more versatile when it comes the time to label new items or update existing ones within your system. Finally, unlike radio waves used by RFIDs which metal surfaces can block, light emitted from laser scanners used in reading 1D/2D symbols is not affected by physical obstructions; this ensures that all scanned items will always register even if they’re stacked close together inside boxes or containers.
Overall, using Barcodes and QR Codes provide greater benefits over other automated identification systems, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). RFID offers some extra features, but many companies use it to do the same job as a barcode but at a higher price. Barcodes, for example, are best when you want one-to-one accuracy, while RFID is better for inventory applications. In addition, RFID asset tags can be very helpful when assets are not easily accessible, e.g. components within a sealed unit or where the location of the asset is only approximately known.