Monteage Technologies Private Limited
Barcode vs RFID
RFID
Barcode
Can read up to 300 feet and through materials.

Requires a direct sight to the printed barcodes, a maximum distance of 15 feet

Up to several hundred RFID tags can be scanned in a one second by single reader.

Barcodes are scanned once at a time. There are scanners available which can read multiple barcode, but costing is higher than RFID Readers.

RFID tags are typically more rugged, since the electronic components are better protected in a plastic cover. RFID tags can also be implanted within the product itself, guaranteeing greater ruggedness and reusability.

The printed barcode must be exposed on the outside of the product, where it is subject to greater wear and tear and in case of any damage to label, cost of replacing is too high.

RFID tags allow information to be modified.

Once printed, a barcode cannot be modified.

RFID tags allow more sophisticated forms of data protection

Data on barcode could be encrypted; however, they provide no protection from being copied.

RFID Tags allow data to be added in addition to already written data with strong protective mechanism.

Barcode level can be very easily duplicated and appending data is not possible.

RFID tag can be locked, and memory can be accessed only with the application having genuine access codes with read and write permissions.

Barcode can be read by anyone, no security mechanism can be adopted, except encryption or decryption at data level itself. Still Barcode can be read.

Currently RFID being used in automatic identification and fund management in the mission critical process like Toll, Bank, Manufacturing etc.

Barcode is being used only for identification within the controlled environment, where one has to ensure, tags should not be replaced, interchanged, damaged or duplicated.