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Contactless smart card and RFID card
Mar 22, 2018

Is contactless smart card technology the same as RFID technology?

Contactless smart card's technology is different as RFID card's technology.

Usually, there is significant confusion in discussions of RF-enabled applications, with contactless smart card technology often incorrectly categorized as ‘RFID.’ 

There is a wide range of RF technologies used for a variety of applications – each with different operational parameters, frequencies, read ranges and capabilities to support security and privacy features. For example, the RFID technologies that are used to add value in manufacturing, shipping and object-related tracking operate over long ranges (e.g., 25 feet), were designed for that purpose alone and have minimal built-in support for security and privacy. 

Contactless smart cards, on the other hand, also use RF technology, but, by design, operate at a short range (less than 4 inches) and can support the equivalent security capabilities of a contact smart card chip, so some customers would also call contactless smart cards as RFID cards.

When customers need the cards with chips, it is better to inform us the cards application and also the chip type as specification, then we can offer the price and arrange accordingly.

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