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The difference between RFID handheld scanner and barcode handheld scanner

The difference between RFID handheld scanner and barcode handheld scanner

Jul 3,2023
The important difference between RFID handheld scanner and barcode handheld scanners is that: RFID handheld terminals can not only scan barcodes, but also remotely read RFID electronic tags through radio frequency technology, and have group reading functions. Although RFID and barcode technology are used to collect information on items, the efficiency of RFID handhelds during operation will be higher, and RFID electronic tags are unique, which can prevent theft and cross-selling.

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Specifically, there are several differences:


1. Different hardware design

Barcode scanners are mainly used as input devices connected to computers. Therefore, the hardware facilities are mainly based on the scan head and scan engine modules. Handheld terminal, also known as handheld PDA or barcode data acquisition terminal, is a data acquisition and processing tool with an operating system that can operate independently.


2. Different performance

Due to different hardware, the performance can vary greatly. The barcode scanning function of the handheld terminal is just one of them. It can have other functions such as RFID, NFC, temperature measurement, positioning, etc.


3. The scope of use is different

Barcode and code scanning guns are mostly used in the warehousing link of supermarket cashiers or warehouse logistics, and the scope of use is limited. Handheld terminals can not only be used in this link, but also have great advantages in other links. The handheld terminal can replace the scanning gun to work outdoors.


4. Different prices

Because of different equipment, the price is very different, but it is also relative. The price of the scanning gun is also tens of thousands, while the simple function of the handheld terminal has more than one thousand. Barcode scanning handheld terminals are an inevitable trend in the development of the Internet of Things, and they may replace barcode scanners as the main data collection equipment. However, in the current situation, due to the different needs of various industries, barcode scanners and handheld terminals are used in an orderly and non-disruptive manner.
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