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Active vs. Passive RFID

Breaking down the options for IT & datacenter asset management.

In my last post, we discovered how RFID is revolutionizing IT & Datacenter Asset Management and how it’s increasingly becoming the popular choice. In short, RFID just offers more options for a complete enterprise asset management solution by allowing organizations to simply, accurately, securely and reliably track their most critical IT assets while saving time, money, and valuable resources.

So now that you understand the value of RFID-IT asset management, it is also critical to understand the options within the solution.

Basically, there are two options: Active and Passive RFID. The most notable difference between the two is cost. Passive tags and labels have a much smaller profile, with a multitude of form factors allowing them to be used across a wide range of inventory, whereas Active tags are larger and much more expensive.

A few key differences to keep in mind:

PASSIVEACTIVE
Hard tags or labels; small profileHard tags; larger profile
Standards-based technologyProvider-based proprietary technology
No batteriesBatteries required
Scalable (low cost)Expensive to scale
No SensorsEnvironmental Sensors

Bottom line – depending on your application requirements; there are a number of choices! Passive provides a low cost, flexible option while active provides real-time location and sensing technologies not available a passive only option. Or a combination of the two is always possible! To take a deeper look, access our whitepaper on IT Asset Management, where we break down the options further. You can read the report in full by clicking here.

If you have even more questions – contact us – we can help!

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