How to choose between NFC Tags and QR Codes

Having multiple check-in options available offers quick solutions to common issues like lost tags or forgotten QR codes.

Inosscan provides a versatile check-in and check-out process through various methods, including:

  • NFC Tags
  • QR Codes
  • Scan links or Check-in links, accessible through web URLs
  • Manual entry

Should someone misplace their tag, you can allocate them a new one on the spot, generate a QR code, send them a scan link, or manually check them in.

Scanning NFC tags and QR codes is really easy in Inosscan as these images show:

Scanning an NFC tag using a phone

Scanning an NFC Tag

Scanning a QR code using a phone

Scanning a QR code


Both NFC Tags and QR Codes offer reliable solutions for safe and secure event check-ins. To determine the best fit for your needs, let's delve into each option and explore their respective benefits.

NFC Tags

NFC tags stand out as the safest, most secure, and durable check-in method. Inosscan is the only stand alone check-in app that allows for the use of NFC tags.

Consider the following pros and cons:


  • Requires physical presence for check-in
  • Offers swift check-in process
  • Sturdy and reusable
  • Waterproof design ensures durability
  • Cost-effective solution
  • Ideal for recurring events like weekly sports gatherings


  • Pre-purchase required before the event
  • Requires allocation and distribution to individuals

QR Codes

QR codes offer versatility, generated directly within the Inosscan app and adaptable to various formats, from adhesive labels to name badges, and even displayable on mobile devices.

Here's a breakdown of the pros and cons.


  • Generated by the Inosscan App, enabling on-the-spot printing
  • Requires physical presence for check-in, ensuring accountability
  • Enables swift check-in processes
  • Can be distributed via email or SMS
  • Ideal for one-off events and serves as a backup to NFC tags for forgotten tags


  • Sticky labels are generally not reusable
  • While check-in can be rapid, some individuals may take time to locate their QR code on their mobile device, potentially delaying the check-in process
  • Less robust compared to NFC tags
  • Waterproofing can be challenging to achieve

The wrap up

Opt for QR codes for quick setup and one-off events, while NFC tags offer reliability for ongoing activities.

It doesn't matter which one you choose to start with, with Inosscan, you can leverage all scanning options concurrently for maximum flexibility, allowing seamless mixing and matching based on your specific needs.


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