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What is RFID?
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) comes in many forms and is used all over the world to better track people and items. RF technology utilizes radio waves to identify items by reading information from the card or key tag. By automating the data collection process, it allows you to more accurately track and monitor people coming and going from your facility.
How do I use an RFID card or key tag with my current programs?
If your current application supports checking-in people with a member ID number then you can use RFID today! Each RFID card or key tag has a unique number. When that individual scans their RFID card or key tag to an RFID reader, your application will instantly recognize the unique number and person assigned to it.
How do I transition from barcodes to RFID?
The transition from barcode to RFID technology is very common today as barcode technology is easy to duplicate and often wears off the card or key tag.
There are two steps to move from barcode to RFID:
- Replace your barcode cards or key tags with RFID cards
- Update your card or key tag readers from barcode to RFID technology
How do I transition from magnetic stripe to RFID?
The transition from magnetic stripe to RFID technology is more common today as the security of a magnetic stripe has been compromised with the increase of credit card fraud. Magnetic stripe cards are easier to duplicate compared to RFID technology (this is one of the main reasons credit card companies are moving from magnetic stripe to smart cards.)
There are two steps to move from magnetic stripe to RFID:
- Replace your magnetic stripe cards or key tags with RFID cards
- Update your card or key tag readers from magnetic stripe to RFID technology
What RFID frequency is right for me?
RFID cards and key tags come in three frequencies: low frequency, high frequency and ultra-high frequency. The main differences have to do with the reading distance between the reader and the card or key tag.
- Low Frequency (LF) – 125 kHz
- Also known as: Prox, HID, Clamshell
- Read range: 1”-2”
- High Frequency (HF) – 13.56 MHz
- Also known as: MiFare, i-Class, NFC
- Reader range: 2”– 5”
- Ultra High Frequency (UHF) – 900 MHz
- Read range: 2” to 30’