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Frequently Asked Questions

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Genral Questions

RFID

Barcode

Line of Sight

Not required

Required

Read Range

Passive RFID:
- Up to 40 feet (fixed readers)
- Up to 20 feet (handheld readers)

Several inches up to several feet

Read Rate

Up to 1000s simultaneously

Only one at a time

Identification

Uniquely identify each item/asset tagged

Typically only identifies the type of item (UPC Code) but not uniquely

Read/Write

RFID tags are Read/Write

Read only

Technology

RF (Radio Frequency)

Optical (Laser)

Interference

Limited only by RFID frequencies.

Obstructed barcodes cannot be read (dirt covering barcode, torn barcode, etc.)

Automation

"Fixed" readers don't require human involvement to collect data (automated)

Most barcode scanners require a human to operate (labor intensive)

There are mainly 4 ways of paying for fuel for small and large fleets. They all have their own advantage and disadvantages. The 4 options available are :

  1. Pump Tagging
  2. Bank Fleet Card
  3. Vehicle Verification
  4. Fuel in Tank Verification

 

Fleet Fuel Management Comparison Chart

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

Pump Tags

Card Verification

Vehicle Verification

Fuel in Tank

Terminal Required

No

Yes

Yes

No

Nozzle Installation

No

No

No

Yes

Pump Installation

Yes

No

No

No

Vehicle Installation

No

No

No

Yes

Vehicle Tag

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Driver Tag

No

No

Yes

No

Driver PIN Security

No

No

Yes

No

Verify Vehicle on Fill

No

No

Yes

Yes

Verify Fuel in Tank

No

No

No

Yes

Driver Verification

No

No

Yes

No

Easy to clone

Yes

Yes

No

No

Offline Fleet Checks

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Online Fleet Checks

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Self Service

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

RFID

NFC

Stands for

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Near-Field Communication (NFC)

Specification

A method of uniquely identifying items using radioactive waves.

Medium of communication that allows devices to talk to each other through touch.

Operating Frequencies

RFID operates at a range of radio frequencies.

Fast data transmit than HF

Explosion

NFC operates at 13.56 MHz

NFC is still an emerging technology.

Scan Distance

Up to 1 m

Up to 10cm

Standards

ISO 14443, 15693, 18000

ISO 14443

Read/Write

RFID tags are Read/Write

May act as both a reader and a tag.

Technology

RF (Radio Frequency)

A newer, more finely honed version of RFID.

Scan Tags Simultaneously

Yes

No

Read Range

Passive RFID:
- Up to 40 feet (fixed readers)
- Up to 20 feet (handheld readers)

Short range, less than 4 inches

Communication

one-way

Two-way

Automation

"Fixed" readers don't require human involvement to collect data (automated

Require a human to operate

RFID HF

RIFD UHF

Stands for

High Frequency Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) HF

Ultra High Frequency Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) UHF

Operating Frequencies

HF operates at a range of 13.56 MHz

UHF operates at 865-928 MHz

Data Transmit

High data transmit

Fast data transmit than HF

Range (min to max)

Near contact(min)
1 meter (max)

I inch(min)
10 meters(max)

Standards

ISO 14443, ISO 15693

ISO 18000-6C

Technology Usage

Widely used for access control &
contactless payment applications

Essential for supply-chain applications;
Most commonly ,case & Pallet tracking ,returnable container Identification

Communication

magnetic field coupling is used

RF propagation method is used

Security

More encryption possibility

Low encryption possibility

1D Barcodes

2D Barcodes

Stands for

One dimensional (ID) Barcode

Two-dimensional(2D) Barcode

Specification

A functionality of displaying info in a readable electronical format linearly

A functionality of displaying info in a readable electronical format two dimensionally

Capacity

Holding ability up to 85 characters

Holding ability up to 100 characters

Nature

Object are provided with
label & index

Objects are provided with descriptions

Ability

Creates a wide barcode

Creates a smaller barcode

Information processed

Numbers ,English

Numbers ,English ,Chinese ,pictures ,voice & other binary information

Error correcting functionality

It does provide this functionality

It does not provide this functionality

Information Density

It has low density

It has a high density

Database dependent

Yes

No

Efficiency

It provides limited efficiency

It provides greater efficiency

BLE

NFC

Stands for

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Near Field Communication (NFC)

Specification

Medium of communication through
listening signals.

Medium of communication that allows devices to talk to each other through touch.

Ability

BLE continually transmits a signal to be received by BLE –enabled smart phones

NFC tags can only communicate when the NFC enabled Smartphone is near

Supported OS

IOS7 ,Android 4.3 & greater

Android 4.0 & greater ,Windows Phone 8 & Blackberry X.

Energy Efficient

It requires battery replacement after two years

It creates its own battery ,therefore not needed any replacement

Ease of Use

Bluetooth requires manual setup

NFC connects automatically

Technology

Extension of Bluetooth technology

A newer, more finely honed version of RFID.

Service

Bluetooth takes longer time to connect

NFC provides a quick service

Superior in Functionality

BLE cannot be used to identify who would be next in a line or even which line, or position in line, a person may occupy.

NFC is a superior alternative to BLE.

Communication

one-to-many

One-to-one

BLE

Classic Bluetooth

Stands for

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Technology

Classic Bluetooth Technology

Key Difference

BLE enables new applications

Classic Bluetooth does not provide this feature.

Data Transfer

BLE data transfer rates are below 100 kb/s

Classic Bluetooth data transfer rate can be up to 200 MB/s

Explosion

BLE is an emerging Technology

Classic Bluetooth is currently in widespread use all Over the world

Density

It has strong density

It has strong density too.

Range

Up to 250 m

Up to 100m

Superior in Functionality

It does not provide such facility

It provides Serial Port Profile(SPP)
For emulation of serial data connections

Large scale network

Weak in BLE

Strong in Classic

Power Consumption

Very strong

Strong

Cost

High

Affordable

Connectivity

Connectivity is more faster

Connectivity is less than BLE

 

Chip

Magnetic stripe cards

Specification

The chip uses a piece of exact information
Of a user

Magnetic strips contains the exact information of a user

Reducing medical fraud

 

Chip helps reduce medical fraud

 

It does not support

Storage Capacity

Greater storage capacity

Less storage capacity

Functionality

 

It provides  maximum functionality

 

It gives minimal functionality

Offline access

 

It enables offline access to health care information

 

It does not allow

Authentication

It only allow authorized users to access the information

It does not have this feature

Strong Audit

It support for digital signatures to enable strong audit

It does not support

Biometric storage

It allows on-card bio-metric storage

It does not allow

application Data support

It supports for multiple sets of application
Data on the card

It does not allow

Security

Chips have greater security

Magnetic strips have minimal security

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