Before we jump into the pros and cons, here’s a quick definition of each of the terms:
- QR (Quick Response) Code: QR codes are similar to barcodes and can be quickly scanned and read by any camera-equipped smartphone.
- NFC (Near Field Communication) Tag: NFC allows for wireless data transfer between two devices similar to Bluetooth. Ever since the launch of Apple pay and Android pay, which utilize this technology, most smartphones have NFC built in.
QR CODES (Quick Response Codes)
- Minimal cost, no need for additional equipment purchase
- Larger functionality distance ranges by increasing QR-Code sizes. OfficerReports.com offers two sizes in 1” and 1.5”
- No surrounding interference concerns
- Simple point assignment
- Requires the phone camera to focus during the scan
- Slower response time in some low-light situations
NFC TAGS (Near Field Communication)
- Easy to read
- Quick response
- Low light functionality
- Invisible function
- Higher cost than QR Codes
- Currently, Apple devices are not compatible
- Metal materials adjacent to NFC tag may cause interference
- Can only be programmed once
Eventually, each one has its own pros and cons. Of course, the final decision is yours to choose the right one for your company depending on your needs.