How does Bluetooth Low Energy technology (BLE) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) measure up to each other?

When RFID technology seems to have taking over the world, the game change with the emergence of Bluetooth Beacon technology giving the organisation a new perspective to automated intelligence. If you are new to Beacon technology and your picture toward it is not clear on how this sudden emerging technology is entirely different from traditional technologies like the RFID technology. Let’s go through how this two technology measures up to each other.

The Range and the Accuracy

Range can be defined as the distance in which a transmission can cover.  The distance an indoor communication technology can cover is of utmost importance.

Accuracy is the ability to trust a transmission sent despite experiencing challenges like environmental factors


RFID makes it possible to identify close to a thousand tags every second at 100% read rates; its accuracy differs base on this factors.

  • The antennas of the tag; RFID contains two antennas in other to eliminate dead zones
  • Frequency: the higher the frequency, the more sensitive it become to interference. A radio wave tends to hit metal and return. While, water can absorb radio waves at ultra-high frequency. This is the very reason RFID technology especially the ones with Ultra-high frequency are not suitable for metallic surfaces.


Beacon has a transmission range of about 70m.iBeacon transmission suffers from interference mostly; the signal can be absorbed by several media like air, metals, water and the human body. The range of beacon says Eddystone depends on the transmission power.

So the higher the transmission power, the greater the range at which mobile device can pick the transmission and therefore getting the information. Higher transmission power will drain the battery faster.

Their accessibility

This is the ability of any technology to be easily accessed by its users; there is need to have a transmitter, a receiver and an internet service in place

RFID technology

To make use RFID the following needs to be available, a reader, tags, a user control and a software application. For an organization to get RFID in place, they need to get tags and readers,

Beacon technology

This is highly easy, the iBeacon function as a sender of signals which can be configured using a mobile application, and this makes them very portable. The beacons allow cell phones to be the receivers which make them readily accessible to the beacon technology

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