IoT Tag Technologies

Several different tag technologies are used in Internet of Things tag projects. They should be thought of as separate, yet complementary tools; each with its own intended purpose and pros/cons. Often times projects will use more than one tag technology to create an overall effective solution.

NFCBarcodeUHF RFIDBLEUrl
TechnologyRFIDLight/CameraRFIDRFNone
Typical Range1″6″ to 10 ft1 ft to 30 ft1 ft to 100 ftNone
Tag Cost$$$$$$$$$$$
Unique IDYesNoYesYesYes
User MemoryYesYesYesLimitedNo
CopyableNoYesNoYesYes
Mobile OS SupportMost AndroidAll iOS and AndroidFew AndroidAll iOS and AndroidAll
Mobile App RequiredNoYesYesYesNo