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RFID Benefits & Limitations

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are an ideal asset tracking system in certain applications, however before investing, consider the functionality, durability and security aspects of RFID.

What Is RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a touchless technology that can be used like barcodes to track information about unique assets such as maintenance records, inspection records, work orders and other asset-specific data.

Implementing RFID requires RFID readers, RFID tags application-engineered for your asset/operating conditions and asset management software that works with RFID tags.

Metalphoto vs. RFID

Metalphoto Durability

Sub-surface, inorganic image proven to resist degradation from sunlight, heat, chemicals, abrasion and saltwater since 1950.

RFID Durability

Limited third-party testing or long-term real-world validation.

Metalphoto Scanning

Works with any barcode scanner or smartphone.

RFID Scanning

Specialized RFID reader required.

Metalphoto Range & Rate

One ID/scan. Direct line of sight required.

RFID Range & Rate

Multiple ID/scan when in range. Passive tags scan within about three feet but cannot read through metal or water.

Metalphoto Customization

Attachment method (adhesive, rivet, ties, etc.) and size/shape/thickness can be customized to the application.

RFID Customization

Some customization possible, but most come with a basic stock adhesive and may not adhere permanently to all surfaces.

Metalphoto Cost

Typically, less expensive than RFID, depending upon design and quantity.


Typically, more expensive than Metalphoto, depending upon design and quantity.

Metalphoto Security

Zero reflection/detection Tactical Tag be tracked to reveal asset/user location.

RFID Security

Can be used to track asset/user location by nefarious actors.

Metalphoto Anti-Counterfeit

Embedded overt and covert security printing makes counterfeiting virtually impossible.

RFID Anti-Counterfeit

When scanning multiple items without direct line of sight, labels can be removed from assets and/or copied, giving the impression asset are scanning when they are stolen/missing.

custom warehouse labels are the ideal inventory labeling system

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Flaws of RFID Asset Tracking


The U.S. military has strict requirements for tracking high-value assets such as weapons, explosive materials, ammunition, body armor, and other supplies. These requirements are set forth in standards such as MIL-STD-130 and MIL-STD-129.

There are two primary types of technologies used to track military assets: unique identification (UID) barcode labels and RFID tags. But are both technologies equally secure? In a recent investigation of how the U.S. military uses technology to track firearms and guns, the Associated Press (AP) found that RFID tags pose concerning security risks.

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The Superior Durability of Metalphoto, Field Proven for Over 50 Years


Metalphoto is a photosensitive anodized aluminum that can hold the line in demanding industries.  It features a sub-surface image that has the fine image resolution to support bar codes and QR codes of any symbology, and offers unparalled resistance to damage from abrasion, weather, chemicals, corrosion, and UV exposure.

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“We needed the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of tags.”

“It was necessary to have an asset tag that could withstand the outdoor elements, yet was simple enough to meet basic tracking needs. We achieved both with Camcode’s asset tags.”

Scott L.

“Our Camcode representative was great to work with.”

“He came on-site and worked with our IT and Operations teams, provided sample materials, and discussed different solutions and their respective merits. We were able to make a decision that we’re happy with.”

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