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The Design, Fabrication and Practical Evaluation of Body-centric Passive RFID Platforms

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Details

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTampere University
Number of pages66
Volume7
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-03-0960-2
ISBN (Print)978-952-03-0959-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019
Publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)

Publication series

NameTampere University Dissertations
Volume7
ISSN (Print)2489-9860
ISSN (Electronic)2490-0028

Abstract

Passive ultra-high-frequency (UHF) radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is increasingly being recognized as a compelling approach to utilizing energy- and costefficient wireless platforms for a wireless body area network (WBAN). The development of WBANs has stimulated a lot of research over recent years, as they can offer remarkable benefits for the healthcare and welfare sectors, as well as having innovative sportsrelated applications.

This thesis is to evaluate and develop the RFID tags used in an integrated wearable RFID platform working in a realistic environment. Each of the wearable antennas were specifically designed for a target part of the body, such as the back or the hand. The antennas were manufactured in different ways, using copper tape, electro-textiles (Etextile) and embroidered conductive threads. After they had been produced, the tags were subjected to on-body measurement and reliability tests. The reliability tests were performed under tough conditions in which the tags were stretched, for instance, or exposed to high humidity and washing. Our results show that the tags can perform well when worn on-body in a harsh environment.

This thesis provides several integrated solutions for wireless wearable devices. By different RFID antenna design and fabrication methods, the RFID tag can be used as the moisture and strain sensor with lightweight, small size, flexible pattern and great dailyuse reliability.