Towards a Compact UHF RFID Reader for Wearable Bio-sensing Devices

Andrew J. Mugisha, Amin Rigi, Rahil Joshi, Andreas Tsiamis, Symon Podilchak, Srinjoy Mitra

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We present a compact, Ultra High Frequency Radio Frequency Identification (UHF RFID) Bio-sensing system, which operates in the 865 - 868 MHz band. The proposed system was designed, using custom and commercial off-the shelf (COTS) components. The main system blocks consist of: (1) A compact, low power UHF RFID reader, with an effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) level of 10.82 mW (+10.34 dBm), (2) A 16×15×1 mm3 custom designed electrically small antenna (ESA), fabricated on an FR4 substrate, and (3) A battery free UHF RFID sensor tag, with an internal temperature sensor. Wireless connectivity and power transfer, between the UHF RFID reader ESA assembly and the battery free sensor tag, were achieved at a distance of 31 cm. The reader assembly successfully recorded sensor tag localised ambient temperature measurements. Sensor tag temperature measurements were performed using its internal temperature sensors and compared to a reference temperature sensor. Both sensor tag and reference sensor measurements were performed concurrently, in a temperature-controlled environment. The reader-ESA assembly has a mass of approximately 20 g, suitable for portable applications. Low EM emissions, from the proposed system, are at a safer level for operation in proximity to sensitivity electronic medical devices, such as pacemakers. Healthcare practitioners can use this system, to remotely monitor infants localised body temperature in neonatal or transitional care wards, when performing routine patient checks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 5th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies (SpliTech)
ISBN (Electronic)9789532901054
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2020
Event5th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies 2020 - Virtual, Split, Croatia
Duration: 23 Sept 202026 Sept 2020


Conference5th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies 2020
Abbreviated titleSpliTech 2020
CityVirtual, Split


  • Battery free sensor tag
  • Commercial Off-The Shelf (COTS) devices
  • Electrically Small Antenna (ESA)
  • implantable devices
  • wearable devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Control and Optimization
  • Instrumentation
  • Transportation
  • Automotive Engineering


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