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How well do you know RFID and NFC ?

05 February 2021

The term RFID stands for "Radio Frequency Identification". Initially created by the British army to identify warplanes entering the airspace of the United Kingdom, the RFID technology was democratized in the private sector at the end of the Seventies.

What is RFID :

RFID chips, also called RFID tags, are composed of a microprocessor containing data and an antenna. There are two types of RFID chips: active and passive. The active RFID chips need their own integrated power source, and their antennas can transmit data within a radius of 100m; however, they are expensive to produce. Passive RFID chips do not require any integrated energy source, and are activated only when they detect the signal of an RFID reader, of which the electromagnetism is sufficient to power them. They cost only a few cents, but their transmission radius is limited to 25 meters. These are the ones we encounter the most in our daily lives!

The difference between RFID and NFC :

The NFC (Near Field Communication) follows the same principle as the RFID, but works by magnetic induction. The main difference between the two technologies is that NFC has a transmission radius limited to 10 centimeters, which makes its signal more secure. Most smartphones are equipped with NFC detectors, and we also find this technology on our transportation cards or bank cards. Indeed, NFC is the technology that enables contactless payments, for example.

The uses of RFID :

The RFID is widely used for the identification of products, in particular to contrast counterfeiting. The RFID tags are also used as anti-theft devices in stores. But that's not the only reason to equip a product with an RFID tag. Indeed, the RFID also facilitates the inventories, and it is the technology that allows some supermarkets to accelerate the checkout process by installing RFID readers at the exit, which detect instantly all the products in a shopping cart.

The role of SMAG Graphique :

Thanks to its ICON range, SMAG Graphique allows you to meet your customers' needs in terms of RFID. Our ICONNECT E and ICONNECT C machines are specially designed to encode and control RFID tags. These two machines are part of our ID(ea)L IDentification Label Technology program, developed by SMAG Graphique with the aim of being your most advanced partner in the world of connected and intelligent labels.

The ICONNECT E and ICONNECT C machines allow :

  • To insert RFID / NFC / and anti-theft chips between an adhesive label and its support.
  • To control the position of the chip under the label
  • To control the quality of the RFID/NFC chip for the encoding process
  • Encode RFID/NFC chips from a database
  • Print a data matrix code or any other variable data from a database.

From March 16th to 19th, SMAG Graphique organizes the "ICONNECTED ONLINE", a 100% digital event dedicated to RFID technology. During this event, you will not only be able to attend live demonstrations of our ICONNECT E and ICONNECT C machines, but also benefit from the expertise of our distinguished guests, major actors of the smart label market. To participate, we invite you to register now by clicking 👉 here 👈.

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