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Active tag cost is always the first question when end users evaluate a RFID system because the on-going tag costs will drive up Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Yet deployment costs, support and system maintenance are other key metrics for ROI. Active RFID market adoption is driven by the need for reliability and affordability. Passive systems are usually judged on the tag cost of around 20 cents. Yet when total cost of ownership calculations are considered, the real cost is more like $2- $4 per tag. Active tag systems can now be had for around $10 per tag - with active tags providing enormous benefits to automating systems and operations - that barcode and passive cannot accomplish.
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