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Evolution of RFID Applications in Construction: A Literature Review

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
Visual Computing and Robotics Lab, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Paseo de la Universidad, 4, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Juan del Rosal, 16, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Jesús Fontecha
Sensors 2015, 15(7), 15988-16008;
Received: 25 February 2015 / Revised: 26 April 2015 / Accepted: 29 June 2015 / Published: 3 July 2015
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Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has been widely used in the field of construction during the last two decades. Basically, RFID facilitates the control on a wide variety of processes in different stages of the lifecycle of a building, from its conception to its inhabitance. The main objective of this paper is to present a review of RFID applications in the construction industry, pointing out the existing developments, limitations and gaps. The paper presents the establishment of the RFID technology in four main stages of the lifecycle of a facility: planning and design, construction and commission and operation and maintenance. Concerning this last stage, an RFID application aiming to facilitate the identification of pieces of furniture in scanned inhabited environments is presented. Conclusions and future advances are presented at the end of the paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: RFID; construction; smart technologies; building RFID; construction; smart technologies; building
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

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Valero, E.; Adán, A.; Cerrada, C. Evolution of RFID Applications in Construction: A Literature Review. Sensors 2015, 15, 15988-16008.

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