What are the benefits of QR Code Tags?
For tagging, QR Codes are typically the favourite of the two. Here are a few reasons why.
- Unlimited space for information – With no limit to the amount of information that can be linked to QR Codes, you don’t have to worry about how much data is stored. This means you have endless possibilities with how you use QR Codes for your operation.
- Unique – Because of the way QR Codes are engineered, the amount of unique variations which can be created for your business is almost unlimited.
- Affordable – Given the functionality QR Codes provide, they are surprisingly affordable when compared with the investment required to install RFID technology. If using a QR Code software service, a small fee is often required, but the amount is minimal. The manufacture of them doesn’t break the bank either.
- Ease of use - QR Codes are readable by a wide range of devices such as tablets and phones. Specialised equipment isn't required to set up a QR Code system saving time and cost on initial purchases and training of staff.
Which is the better solution for tagging?
In a situation where technology is required for your safety tagging solution, there is one option that takes the edge.
When it comes to tagging, QR Code Tags are widely favoured for a few reasons.
RFID readers can be a costly investment, while QR readers can be downloaded on most smart tablets or phones. This makes them much more practical and convenient, as well as being a cheaper option with a quicker return on investment.
But that’s not all. Another big factor supporting the use of QR Code Tags over RFID in tagging is the visual element.
Tags displaying QR Codes can also be printed with any other details too. This includes the information that the QR Code will read when it’s scanned. With this information visually available, the Tag can still be used - even if you don’t have a reader at hand or your system has crashed.
Additionally, if your system breaks down, the RFID Tag cannot be read without an RFID reader, but the QR Tag can be tracked without a scanner by using the sequential number below the code.
QR code tags can also be manufactured much more cost effectively than RFID Tags, especially when including bespoke details and company logos etc on the design. As QR Tags can be manufactured in many different colours, colour coding systems can be used to give quick reference of the inspection status (even without needing to scan the QR code).
Whilst in many cases QR Codes excel, RFID could just be worth a consideration. In fact, it comes down to what you’re looking to achieve and what your tagging requirements are for your operations. So, be sure to speak with a tagging expert and discuss your requirements for the best outcome.