Can iPhone Bluetooth Work With Passive RFID?

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Ask The ExpertsCan iPhone Bluetooth Work With Passive RFID?
RFID Journal Staff asked 6 years ago

Is this technologically possible?

—Name withheld

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It depends on what you mean by “work with.”

If you’re asking if an iPhone can read a passive RFID tag with Bluetooth capability, the answer is no. It would be like trying to pick up an FM radio station on a cordless phone. Just because both use radio waves doesn’t mean the they can work together.

On the other hand, if you’re asking if you can interrogate RFID tags via a passive reader and transfer the data via Bluetooth to an app running on an iPhone, the answer is yes. There are a number of Bluetooth-enabled RFID readers currently on the market, in fact.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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