Evolution of RFID applications in construction: A literature review

Enrique Valero*, Antonio Adán, Carlos Cerrada

*Corresponding author for this work

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Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has been widely used in the field of construction during the last two decades. Basically, RFID facilitates the control on a wide variety of processes in different stages of the lifecycle of a building, from its conception to its inhabitance. The main objective of this paper is to present a review of RFID applications in the construction industry, pointing out the existing developments, limitations and gaps. The paper presents the establishment of the RFID technology in four main stages of the lifecycle of a facility: planning and design, construction and commission and operation and maintenance. Concerning this last stage, an RFID application aiming to facilitate the identification of pieces of furniture in scanned inhabited environments is presented. Conclusions and future advances are presented at the end of the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15988-16008
Number of pages21
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015


  • Building
  • Construction
  • RFID
  • Smart technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry


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