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A Survey of NFC Sensors Based on Energy Harvesting for IoT Applications

Department of Electronic, Electric and Automatic Control Engineering, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
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Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3746;
Received: 11 October 2018 / Revised: 26 October 2018 / Accepted: 30 October 2018 / Published: 2 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RFID Sensor Tags: Hardware, Implementation, and Demonstrations)
In this article, an overview of recent advances in the field of battery-less near-field communication (NFC) sensors is provided, along with a brief comparison of other short-range radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies. After reviewing power transfer using NFC, recommendations are made for the practical design of NFC-based tags and NFC readers. A list of commercial NFC integrated circuits with energy-harvesting capabilities is also provided. Finally, a survey of the state of the art in NFC-based sensors is presented, which demonstrates that a wide range of sensors (both chemical and physical) can be used with this technology. Particular interest arose in wearable sensors and cold-chain traceability applications. The availability of low-cost devices and the incorporation of NFC readers into most current mobile phones make NFC technology key to the development of green Internet of Things (IoT) applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: NFC; energy harvesting; IoT; green electronics NFC; energy harvesting; IoT; green electronics
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Lazaro, A.; Villarino, R.; Girbau, D. A Survey of NFC Sensors Based on Energy Harvesting for IoT Applications. Sensors 2018, 18, 3746.

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