Antenna design for UHF RFID tag: A review and a practical application

RFID Intellitag Eng. Dept., Intermec Technol. Corp., Everett, WA, USA
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (Impact Factor: 2.18). 01/2006; 53(12):3870 - 3876. DOI: 10.1109/TAP.2005.859919
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In this paper, an overview of antenna design for passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags is presented. We discuss various requirements of such designs, outline a generic design process including range measurement techniques and concentrate on one practical application: RFID tag for box tracking in warehouses. A loaded meander antenna design for this application is described and its various practical aspects such as sensitivity to fabrication process and box content are analyzed. Modeling and simulation results are also presented which are in good agreement with measurement data.

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