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Frequently Asked Questions


What is NFC, is this just RFID stuff?
Do I need a special phone app to use these?
Will I need to encode the chips to use them?
How long will it take to get my chips?
What are the current types(NDEF records) of chips I can buy from you?
What is an NDEF record?
What type of chips do you use?
Do the chips have a unique id and do you track this?

What is NFC, is this just RFID stuff?
NFC is an acronym for Near Field Communication. It operates on 13.56 Mhz and is low frequency. It is meant to operate only within 4 centimeters of other NFC devices. RFID is UHF and operates in the 900 mhz range and can be energized and scanned over many feet and is more long range. RFID would be something retailers use when exiting their store to detect theft, in toll plazas, etc.

Do I need a special phone app to use these?
No. All new NFC enabled phones support all the types of chips for ordering and customization on our website.

Will I need to encode the chips to use them?
Absolutely not! You will tell us what you want on the chip and we walk you through this easy process. When the chips arrive, they are ready to use. Imagine having a large order and having to encode 5,000 chips with your phone - that would be painful. That is what we do for you and we have the equipment to get it done fast and accurate.

How long will it take to get my chips?
Fineline Technologies has the fastest turn-around time in the retail-ticketing industry and nobody can touch it. Typically 48 hours or less is our commitment time and we are providing that same fast service to NFC chip customizing and ordering.

What are the current types(NDEF records) of chips I can buy from you?
We are offering 6 different types: SMS Message, URL Redirect, Text, Navigate to Street Address, Phone Call and Advanced. Advanced is a free text entry in which advanced NFC users can type in the text or protocol for the NDEF record type they wish to create.

What is an NDEF record?
NDEF stands for NFC Data Exchange Format. It defines how data is written to chips, where it is written and how to extract this information and supported protocols.

What type of chips do you use?
We currently use the NTAG203 from NXP to fulfill website orders. We have access to many types of chips and can fulfill even complicated chip needs. Just contact us and tell us what you need.

Do the chips have a unique id and do you track this?
Yes and no. We do not track these id's for customers who check out as a guest. However, we are able to provide a service to businesses who need to know if the chip being scanned is one of theirs, or a counterfeit. This can be used for brand security.