What Is the Cost of an RFID Transponder?

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Ask The ExpertsWhat Is the Cost of an RFID Transponder?
RFID Journal Staff asked 8 years ago

How much can I expect to spend?

—Name withheld


The price could be as little as 7 U.S. cents for a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID inlay, or as much as $250 for an active RFID tag that can communicate with other RFID devices in a mesh network, or for an active tag with sophisticated onboard sensors. The price of passive tags depends on the frequency, the packaging (whether it needs to withstand temperatures as high as 100 degrees Celsius, for example), and the volume purchased. If you were to buy 100 passive UHF RFID labels, it might cost you 20 cents apiece, but if you purchased 2 million, you might need to pay only 10 cents each. With active tags, the cost is determined by the packaging, the battery life required (larger batteries that last longer cost more) and the volume. I’m sorry that I can’t be more specific.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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