The price of RFID tags, like any highly configurable technology, depends on many factors: whether the tag is active or passive, the memory capacity of the microchip, the material encasing the tag, the durability of the tag, the adhesive type, order volume, and much more. Because of these considerations, tag vendors typically do not give out blanket quotes.
RFID Journal addresses the question this way:
“Generally speaking, active tags are $25 and up. Active tags with special protective housing, extra-long battery life or sensors can run $100 or more. A passive 96-bit EPC inlay (chip and antenna mounted on a substrate) costs from 7 to 15 U.S. cents. If the tag is embedded in a thermal transfer label on which companies can print a bar code, the price rises to 15 cents and up. Low- and high-frequency tags tend to cost a little more.”
In general, the more widespread adoption of UHF RFID systems has brought the cost of UHF tags down most dramatically, making them some of the most affordable RFID tags on the market.
We at Strategic Systems & Technology do not manufacture RFID tags, but we do partner closely with the industry’s leading tag and inlay manufacturers – including Omni-ID, Avery Dennison and Alien Technologies – to source the most appropriate components for our customers’ complete RFID solutions. Click on Contact Us or Ask a Question, or call us at 678-389-7200 to discuss your RFID needs with us.