Do you see iBeacon being compatible with RFID solutions? #iBeaconWebinar

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I know that the iBeacon is a transmitter, but do you see this technology being able to sit next to RFID solutions or being able to replace RFID readers?

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If we broaden the discussion to mobile proximity then I believe you will see Bluetooth Low Energy beacons, RFID/NFC as well as other technologies like LTE-Direct all being knit together to create a fabric of technologies that support proximity services. Each brings it's particular set of benefits and limitations, but together can be leveraged to provide a rich proximity infrastructure.

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I agree with what David said. From a wider perspective iBeacon technology, GPS, NFC and RFID are all technologies that support proximity services. And while beacons might not totally replaced any of these technologies, there are a number of scenarios in which it serves businesses best to combine iBeacon technology with one of the other technologies.

Since we are talking about beacons and RFID in particular here, over a period of time beacons will definitley evolve and take the place of active RFID systems for some applications. This is primarily because, with the rise in the adoption of smartphones and apps as business tools, there are quite a few benefits (such as automation of manual activity, greater accuracy and coverage etc.) that businesses looking to replace RFID tags with beacons can use to their advantage. We have discussed few such benefits in detail here: