Special Issue "Chipless RFID Technologies"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communication Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Simone Genovesi

Information Engineering Department - University of Pisa, Italy
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Interests: metamaterials; chipless RFID and sensors; characteristic modes; antenna design; optimization algorithms
Guest Editor
Mr. Cristian Herrojo

Information Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: metamaterials; chipless RFID and sensors; RFID passive microwave devices
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Smail Tedjini

Grenoble-INP, University of Grenoble Alpes, LCIS, F-26900, Valence, France
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Interests: applied electromagnetism; RF; wireless systems; optoelectronics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scientific research and industrial applications dealing with Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) have been growing at a fast pace in the last few years. A new technological paradigm has been recently proposed to realize RF labels and sensors: The chipless RFID. This novel solution does not rely on any Integrated Circuit for storing the information or monitoring a physical parameter but exploits encoding mechanisms and sensing features based on a suitably tailored frequency or time domain fingerprint. Although many solutions have been proposed, several challenges require further scientific efforts and technological improvements at any level of the system.

This Special Issue is intended to report the recent advances in new chipless RFID tag solutions and innovative sensors, chipless reader, robust and reliable tag/sensor reading processes, algorithms for improving the system performance.

Articles in this Special Issue will address topics that include: Novel chipless RFID tags and sensors realized with ink-jet printing, additive manufacturing and dielectric resonators; chipless sensors for extreme environments; security and anticounterfeiting applications, algorithms and procedures for calibration and reliable reading.

Dr. Simone Genovesi
Mr. Cristian Herrojo
Prof. Dr. Smail Tedjini
Guest Editors

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  • Chipless RFID tags/sensors
  • Internet of Things
  • Industrial, security and anticounterfeiting applications
  • Extreme environment applications
  • Chipless reader
  • Data processing
  • Innovative materials for chipless RFID sensors
  • Green chipless RFID sensors/tags
  • Ink-jet printed, 3D-printed and dielectric chipless RFID tags/sensors
  • Chipless RFID system
  • Novel measurement techniques for robust and reliable decoding
  • Semi passive chipless RFID tags/sensors

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Open AccessArticle Very Low-Cost 80-Bit Chipless-RFID Tags Inkjet Printed on Ordinary Paper
Technologies 2018, 6(2), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies6020052
Received: 12 March 2018 / Revised: 17 May 2018 / Accepted: 18 May 2018 / Published: 22 May 2018
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This paper presents a time-domain, chipless-RFID system with 80-bit tags inkjet-printed on ordinary DIN A4 paper. The tags, consisting of a linear chain of resonant elements (with as many resonators as the number of identification bits plus header bits), are read sequentially and
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This paper presents a time-domain, chipless-RFID system with 80-bit tags inkjet-printed on ordinary DIN A4 paper. The tags, consisting of a linear chain of resonant elements (with as many resonators as the number of identification bits plus header bits), are read sequentially and by proximity (through near-field coupling). To this end, a transmission line, fed by a harmonic (interrogation) signal tuned to the resonance frequency of the tag resonators (or close to it), is used as a reader. Thus, during reader operation, the tag chain is mechanically shifted over the transmission line so that the coupling between the line and the functional resonant elements of the tag chain is favored. Logic states that ‘1’ and ‘0’ are determined by the functionality and non-functionality (resonator detuning), respectively, of the resonant elements of the chain. Through near-field coupling, the transmission coefficient of the line is modulated and, as a result, the output signal is modulated in amplitude (AM), which is the identification code contained in the envelope function. As long as the tags are inkjet-printed on ordinary DIN A4 paper, the cost is minimal. Moreover, such tags can be easily programmed and erased, so that identical tags can be fabricated on a large scale (and programmed at a later stage), further reducing the cost of manufacture. The reported prototype tags, with 80 bits of information plus four header bits, demonstrate the potential of this approach, which is of particular interest to secure paper applications. Full article
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