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How to Choose the Right Type of Integrated RFID Reader

  • Akansha Sharma
  • Apr 11, 2023
  • RFID
Integrated RFID Reader

Radio Frequency Identification has taken over the asset tracking & inventory management market by storm. Even with their higher costs when compared to barcodes, they are giving them a run for their money. A particularly popular type of RFID is the Integrated RFID reader. These special devices are becoming increasingly in demand, especially in the retail and warehousing sector.

So, let us see what they are all about.

What is an Integrated RFID Reader?

An Integrated RFID Reader is a type of scanner, where the reader and the antennas are in the same system. It means an RFID reader with integrated antennas. These types of readers usually can only have a couple of antennas, due to space issues. They save a lot of space and offer an easy implementation. These types of RFID readers can also be put inside furniture or mounted on walls.

How Does an RFID Reader Work?

The reader uses an integrated antenna to broadcast a radio signal. Whenever a tag enters a reader’s field of influence, it will start to transmit back another signal. This signal can be received by the reader’s antenna and submitted to the system. Depending on the type of tag, the actual read range of the RFID system can differ.

Classifications of Integrated RFID Readers

Integrated RFID Readers can be classified into different categories, based on some factors, like-

Read/Broadcast Range

The range of a reader refers to the area around it from where it can read tags. Depending on this, you can separate readers into three types: Low Range (LR), Mid-Range (MR), and High Range (HR) readers. LR can generally transmit up to 2 meters, MR read range can be anywhere from 6 to 12 meters, and HR readers can read up to 22 meters. So, based on the type of facility you own and its size, you can choose from either of these.

Antenna Polarization

Another thing to keep in mind while selecting an RFID scanner for your business is the polarity of the antennas. There are two types of polarization for these antennas: Linear, and Circular. Linear antennas emit radio waves across a single plane, whilst circular antennas emit waves in multiple planes. Circular antennas work best when the tags are aligned in more than one plane. However, linear antennas have a longer range when compared to circular antennas.

How to Select the Correct Integrated RFID Reader for Your Business?

As we discussed above, when it comes to RFID scanners, there are a lot of options available for clients. And you need to pick the best option for your business. To do that, you need to know how to assess the best type of integrated RFID antenna for your purpose.

Below are some of the things you need to keep in mind while for this:

Operating Frequency

As previously talked about, there are three types of antennas, based on the broadcast frequency range. There are advantages & disadvantages to all types of antennas. For example, low-frequency antennas are invulnerable to signal disruptions from metal surfaces, unlike high-frequency antennas. However, this also limits their range to a few meters & reduces their reading speed. So, depending on the size, volume, and materials in your facility, you can choose between these three types of antennas.

Reading Range

The range of an RFID reader can vary significantly, from a few inches to 20 meters, even more in some cases. So, assess the size of your premises and decide which option is the best for you.

Number of Antennas

Integrated RFID readers generally have a single antenna inside them. However, if the need arises, they also have an option of connecting additional external antennas. Unlike traditional readers that can have up to 32 antennas, integrated readers can only attach 2 additional antennas.


Due to their aesthetics, simplicity, and ergonomic nature, integrated RFID readers have applications in a lot of different sectors. They can be used inside showcase cabinets in jewelry stores where you need a low read range Or, at security exit gates in malls, where you will need mid-range readers. Keeping in mind the application of the reader in your organization, you can select the best for you.

What are the Benefits of Using an Integrated RFID Reader?

Using integrated RFID readers truly enhances your business’s day-to-day work. They are growing in popularity with each day and rightly so. With their sleek, portable & simplistic design, these readers offer unique benefits to you that other readers do not.

1. Ergonomic Design

2. Aesthetically Pleasing

3. Automated Tracking & Data Gathering

4. Fits in small spaces

Integrated RFID Reader FAQ:

Q1. What is an RFID reader used for?

Ans: As the name suggests, the entire job of an RFID reader is to scan & identify tags. The reader broadcast radio signals from its antennas and when a tag enters this field, it starts transmitting back. The antenna on the reader receives these signals & sends the information to the system.

Q2. Does RFID need Internet?

Ans: No, an RFID system does not require internet connectivity. It uses radio waves to communicate wirelessly between the RFID tags & the readers.

Q3. What is passive vs active RFID reader?

Ans: Passive & Active are two basic classifications of RFID readers. A passive reader will not broadcast a signal of its own, it only receives signals from active RFID tags and transmits the information to the system. Whereas an active reader broadcasts radio signals of its own.

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  • Created on Apr 11, 2023
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