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Electromagnetic Soil Characterization for Undergrounded RFID System Implementation

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Electronics Research Institute (ERI), Cairo 12622, Egypt
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Department of Electrical Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada
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Electronics 2020, 9(1), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9010106
Received: 9 December 2019 / Revised: 26 December 2019 / Accepted: 3 January 2020 / Published: 6 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Microwave and Wireless Communications)
This paper can be divided into two main parts. In the first part, an extensive experimental study for electromagnetic characteristic assessment of different soil samples is presented. In the second part of the paper, a practical verification of the obtained link budget model is performed using a buried metal-backed RFID tag antenna under a 40 cm sand layer. This antenna is designed to operate at 915 MHz with MONZA3 chip. Using Impinj Speedway system the tag antenna could be detected, and its information could be read from different distances of up to more than 2.5 m. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil EM characterization; electrical permittivity; underground RFID; oil mining; RFID measurement soil EM characterization; electrical permittivity; underground RFID; oil mining; RFID measurement
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Elboushi, A.; Telba, A.; Sebak, A.; Jamil, K. Electromagnetic Soil Characterization for Undergrounded RFID System Implementation. Electronics 2020, 9, 106.

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