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Difference between Fastag, Bar Code, QR Code and NFC
  • Last Updated : 24 Jul, 2020

1. Fastag :
Fastag is a quick and easy way of payment of the toll taxes in India. It has been developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and is used by the National Highway Authority of India. The vehicles have a printed tag either on the glass of their cars, buses, trucks or taxis or on the hood of their motorcycles. This printed tag is then scanned and payment is made by the driver’s preferred and selected payment Bank.

Fastag option on paytm appication

2. Barcode :
Barcode is a graphical method that can be used to retrieve the stored numbers. The data is stored in the form of vertical bars that is scanned by the scanner and read by the computer. This method is widely used in case of shopping centers at the time of billing, in a hospital to identify patients, rental car tracking, and tracking of nuclear waste and mail.

Barcode that scans to GeeksforGeeks



3. QR code :
QR codes are a type of barcodes that were developed in 1994. They were developed by a company, Denso Wave in Japan. They are 2 dimensional in nature. They can be scanned by a QR scanner, to retrieve information stored in them. They can store numerical and multimedia data.

QR Code that scans to www.geeksforgeeks.org

4. Near Field Communication (NFC) :
NFC technology is a very famous technology nowadays. It is also known as the Near Field Communication technology. It was developed in 2002 by Phillips and Sony. It outlines a set of rules for communication between devices that are placed within a range of 4 cm. It is widely used in the cashless payments sector.

NFC on a speaker



Difference between Fastag, Bar Code, QR Code and NFC :

S.No.FastagBarcodeQR codeNFC
1.It was introduced in the year 2014.It was introduced in the year 1952.It was introduced in the year 1994.It was introduced in the year 2002.
2.Its developer is National Payments Corporation of India.Its developer is Norman Joseph Woodland.Its developer is Masahiro Hara.Its developer is Franz Amtmann and Philippe Mangars.
3.There is only 1 type of Fastag.There are 2 types of Barcode, 1 dimensional and 2 dimensional.There is only 1 type of QR Code.There is only 1 type of NFC.
4.It is a technology for collection of toll taxes, using the RFID technology.It is a way of storing numbers in a printed format that is also computer understandable.It is a type of 2 dimensional barcode or printed representation of data that can be scanned for data retrieval.It provides a protocol for communication or interaction between devices (electronic) within 4m of distance.
5.The user is National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). NHAI uses it for collection of toll taxes. General public use it for paying of toll tax.It is used at stores for tracking all purchased items, in hospitals for tracking the records of patients, in rental cars business and tracking of airline luggage, mails and nuclear waste.It is used in supermarkets, hospitals, cinema or by individuals etc. for transfer of data (sharing contacts, photos, videos and other documents.).It is used as identity cards, as key cards and as a method of contactless payments and mobile payments in various sectors such as retail, automobile, cinema etc.
6.It is inspired by the RFID technology.It is inspired by the Morse Code technology.It is inspired by the Morse Code technology.It is inspired by the inductive coupling between antennas of the connecting devices.
7.It is cost effective.It is cost effective.It is cost effective.It is not cost effective.
8.The storage capacity is 3 kilobytes.The storage capacity is greater than 100 bytes.The storage capacity is 2 kilobytes.The storage capacity is 48 bytes to 8 kilobytes.9.Several Fastags are processed at an instant.Only 1 barcode is processed at an instant.Only 1 QR code is processed at an instant.Only 1 NFC is processed at an instant.10.There is one way communication..There is one way communication.There is one way communication..There is two way communication.11.Its popularity is high.Its popularity is very high.Its popularity is very high.Its popularity is very moderate.

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