I could write at length about the differences but this handy table provides a quick overview.
RFID vs Barcode Wristbands Comparison Table
|Read Rate||High throughput. Thousands of tags can be read in just a few minutes, making it ideal for event admissions.||Very low throughput. Codes can only be one at a time.|
|Line of Sight||Not required. If the tag is in reading distance, no particular orientation is required. An RFID wristband can be read from any direction, even from the back of the tag.||Required! Scanners need to see the barcode to have the ability to scan. The barcode must be oriented in a specific direction. Event organizers find this impractical. The barcode must stay perfectly clean to be read too.|
|Resource||Low. RFID can be automated via a portal, or integrated gate, allowing patrons to tap their tag on entry to an event.||High. Almost always requires human interaction to ensure accurate scanning.|
|Read/Write Capability||Read, write, and even modify in real-time.||Read only.|
|Durability||High. RFID antennas can be embedded in various, non-conductive materials for protection from water, heat and knocks.||Low. Barcodes become damaged in poor weather conditions. Bar codes need to be in perfect reading condition.|
|Security||High. RFID is difficult to copy. Tags and the database they access can be encrypted and protected by a password.||
Low. Easy to reproduce, copy and counterfeit.
Barcode concert tickets can be easily faked