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RFID Costs

Many RFID applications are currently only in the initial testing and development stages. One of the large factors impeding the adoption of RFID technology is cost.

Most RFID scanners cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars, which can make widespread deployment throughout an organization a significant investment. There are other equipment costs, such as tag programmers, which might be incurred as well.

Then there is the cost of the tags themselves. Active tags can cost anywhere from $.75 to $3.00, which is very cost-prohibitive for many applications. Although passive RFID tags are more affordable, ranging anywhere from $.25-$.50 per tag, most industry analysts think that RFIDs need to be priced under $.10 per tag before widespread adoption.

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