Can RFID Readers or Tags Cause Interference With Scientific Equipment?

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Ask The ExpertsCan RFID Readers or Tags Cause Interference With Scientific Equipment?
RFID Journal Staff asked 3 years ago

For instance, can they interfere with lasers?

—Jessica

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Jessica,

It would not be possible to definitively say that RFID won’t interfere with scientific equipment, but in general, RFID systems emit RF energy that will interfere with systems operating at the same frequency. For example, a passive UHF RFID reader operating at 915 MHz uses the frequency band of 902 to 928 MHz. If scientific equipment were operating within this range, then an RFID system would likely interfere with it. It’s also possible that RFID could interfere with other, non-RF equipment if a reader antenna emitting energy were close by and the scientific equipment were sensitive. You would need to conduct some testing with specific equipment to be sure.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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