NFC or QR-codes? What are the advantages of each one?

QR-Patrol is a real-time online guard tour system based on NFC and QR-code tags use. To make things easy for you, in this article we will help you choose between NFC or QR-codes by analysing the advantages and disadvantages of each technology.

NFC is a wireless technology enabling the exchange of information (text, numbers, etc) between two NFC devices. NFC tags, consist of tiny microchips with little aerials which can keep data to transfer to another NFC device, such as a smartphone.

A QR code is made up of black segments organized in a square grid on a white background. It can be read by a visualizing device and can be refined by error modification until the picture will be interpreted adequately.

NFC (Near Field Communication)


Easy to read.
Quick response.
Low light functionality.
Invisible function.


Higher cost than QR-codes.
Smartphones shall be NFC compatible in order to read NFC tags
Users shall be inside the reading area.
Metal materials adjacent to NFC tag may trigger disturbance.

QR-Codes (Quick Response Codes)


Minimal cost.
Larger functionality distance ragnes by increasing QR-code sizes.
No surroundings interference concerns.
Simple point assignment.


Requires balance during the scan.

Eventually, each one has its own pros and cons and it's up to you to choose the right one for your company depending on your needs.

We assure you that, whichever your choice is, you will definitely benefit from either NFC tags or QR-codes combined with QR-Patrol guard tour system.

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