Article | May 14, 2020

What Is The Difference Between NFC And RFID?

By Ashley Jones, Global Payments Integrated

NFC Payments

You may have heard of the acronyms RFID and NFC, but do you know what they stand for, how each technology is used, and the differences between the two? This infographic will provide more insight into both types of technology and how they affect the world of payments.

What is RFID?

Radio-frequency identification, or RFID, is a technology that uses radio waves to relay identifying information from an electronic tag placed on an object to an electronic reader.

RFID tags are used across a wide variety of industries, often to track inventory. In manufacturing, products such as automobile parts or garments can be tracked through the manufacturing process and through shipping to the customer using RFID tags. RFID tags can also be used to identify baggage and cargo at airlines. In retail, RFID tags are often attached to items as an anti-theft method - when leaving the store, customers must pass near an RFID detector. If the RFID tag hasn’t been removed by the cashier, the alarm will sound.

RFID chips can even be implanted into animals, such as a pet microchip that can be scanned to identify a lost dog. RFID technology is used for this because it can be used effectively at large distances.

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