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How Much Does an RFID System Cost?

Posted By RFID Journal, 08.22.2014

Is there any way you can give me an estimate on the cost of RFID equipment (printers, readers and tags)?

—Michelle in Indiana

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Michelle,

I assume you are looking for passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID hardware. Printers range from about $500 for a small desktop model designed for printing a few labels at a time to as much as $4,000 for industrial models designed for printing large numbers of labels. Fixed UHF readers range from about $500 for low-end models with a single antenna to $3,000 for higher-end models that can support eight or 16 antennas. Tags can cost as little as 7 cents apiece for a passive UHF inlay (with no label to print on) in high volume. There are also durable tags designed for harsh environments that can cost $5 each or more. I apologize for offering such wide ranges, but without knowing a lot more about what exactly you are looking for, it would be difficult to provide precise numbers.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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