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Many who are considering the purchase of an implant wonder if there are any differences between an NFC and RFID implant. Yes – what differences, we want to clarify briefly by means of two comparisons. To anticipate, one can note, an NFC, is always an RFID implant. However, an RFID does not necessarily have to be an NFC implant. RFID is radio-frequency identification (RFID). The term RFID does not say more and you can understand it as a generic term, because it is a very versatile technology. Essentially, the techniques differ by storage volume, manufacturing method, cost, frequency range and reading range.

Over-term RFID implant (radio-frequency identification)

RFID describes the technique and can be interpreted as a superordinate term. However, the RFID tagging often refers to the 124kHz and 135kHz technology. However, an NFC variant with the same labeling is also possible, so that a 13.56 MHz RFID implant is an RFID implant with NFC specification.

NFC as specification

The addition of NFC ensures that this implant uses a frequency of 13.56 MHz and is compatible with the Android Smartphone. For more information on the differences in NFC, see this article.

Which frequency do I choose?

If you want to store small data and interact with the smartphone, the 13.56 MHz NFC version is the better. If you do not want to use these features and only want to authenticate with the implant to perform a Windows login or have a safety system that only supports the 125 kHz frequency, this implant can be an alternative. Please note that you will need a corresponding reader in order to perform a Windows login. With an NFC implant, this NFC reader can be used.

NFC Implant

RFID Implant


  • Smartphone compatible
  • Can be written without a PC
  • forward-looking
  • More uses


  • of additional components are still comparatively expensive


  • Favorable additional component
  • Even higher prevalence in door locks


  • Not smartphone compatible
  • Only with expensive hardware to describe
  • Threatened with extinction
  • Limited options


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