Integrating Passive UHF RFID Tags with WSN Nodes: Challenges and Opportunities

Published online: Jun 23, 2014 Full Text: PDF (1.47 MiB) DOI: 10.24138/jcomss.v10i2.130
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Danilo De Donno, Maria Laura Stefanizzi, Luca Catarinucci, Luca Mainetti, Luigi Patrono, Luciano Tarricone


Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have received an ever-increasing attention in recent years, mainly because they represent two of the most important technologies enabling the Internet of Things vision. Although designed originally with different objectives, WSN and RFID represent two complementary technologies whose integration might increase their functionalities and extend their range of applications. However, important technological issues must still be solved in order to fully exploit the potentialities offered by such integration. In this work, an innovative RFID-WSN integration approach is presented and validated. It relies on the interconnection of a new-generation, long-range, EPCglobal Class-1 Generation-2 Ultra-High-Frequency (UHF) RFID tag with a commercial WSN node via the I2C interface. Experimental results have demonstrated the effectiveness of the proposed approach compared to existing solution in the literature. Interesting application scenarios enabled by the proposed RFID-WSN integration approach are briefly summarized at the end of the paper.


RFID, wireless sensor network, UHF, integration approach, wake-up radio
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