A: Well, first of all, calm down... You are really addressing two different technologies here....
A - RFID printers are nothing more than a conventional barcode printer with an RFID write head mounted close to the barcode print head. As not all locations are configured for
RFID, a package passing through the supply chain may pass points using different technologies. It is useful therefore, if a package can be read either way - with an RFID reader or a barcode
reader. To accommodate this, you could put and RFID chip on a package, and a barcode label. It is easier and quicker to put on a single label that does both, plus it improves system
integrity, the barcode and RFID information are less likely to be mismatched.
A - The software that drives the print mechanism also writes to the RFID tag...
A - Yes, some antenna are printed, but the chips are mostly conventional in this application.
A - Yes, "Naaa" is the correct answer, the printer merely prints the barcode label, and writes to the RFID chip. So perhaps a slight liberty with the English language...
A - There is work going on for printing the whole tag directly, but this is some way off from real world deployment, and likely to be for specialised applications, and razor blades is the
application that comes to mind. I have been told that razor blades are "the most shoplifted item". Presumably the thieves are all clean shaven. Or perhaps not...
A - yes, I think you've got it. You didn't really need to send in your question, did you?
A - yes, you are correct, but the price is not so bad. Pretty much the same price as an RFID tag and a barcode label...
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