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Sensors 2015, 15(10), 26769-26782;

Passive UHF RFID Tag with Multiple Sensing Capabilities

The Institute for Nanoelectronics, Technical University of Munich, DE-80333 Munich, Germany
Department of Electronic and Computer Technology, ECSens, University of Granada, E-18071 Granada, Spain
Analytical Chemical Department, ECSens, University of Granada, E-18071 Granada, Spain
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M.N. Passaro
Received: 7 September 2015 / Revised: 15 October 2015 / Accepted: 19 October 2015 / Published: 22 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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This work presents the design, fabrication, and characterization of a printed radio frequency identification tag in the ultra-high frequency band with multiple sensing capabilities. This passive tag is directly screen printed on a cardboard box with the aim of monitoring the packaging conditions during the different stages of the supply chain. This tag includes a commercial force sensor and a printed opening detector. Hence, the force applied to the package can be measured as well as the opening of the box can be detected. The architecture presented is a passive single-chip RFID tag. An electronic switch has been implemented to be able to measure both sensor magnitudes in the same access without including a microcontroller or battery. Moreover, the chip used here integrates a temperature sensor and, therefore, this tag provides three different parameters in every reading. View Full-Text
Keywords: screen printing; printed electronics; UHF antenna; RFID tag; sensor; switch screen printing; printed electronics; UHF antenna; RFID tag; sensor; switch

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Fernández-Salmerón, J.; Rivadeneyra, A.; Martínez-Martí, F.; Capitán-Vallvey, L.F.; Palma, A.J.; Carvajal, M.A. Passive UHF RFID Tag with Multiple Sensing Capabilities. Sensors 2015, 15, 26769-26782.

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