Embroidered UHF RFID Moisture Sensor Tag on Dishcloth Substrate

Xiaochen Chen, Han He, Leena Ukkonen, Johanna Virkki

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we present an embroidered passive UHF RFID moisture sensor tag made of dishcloth and conductive yarn. This extremely cost-effective and environmentally friendly wireless sensor can be easily embedded into versatile structures. The initial read range of the sensor tag was 4.7 meters at 915 MHz. In this preliminary study, 10 drops of water were applied on the sensor part of the structure and the performance of the sensor tag was measured in office conditions after 5, 10, and 15 minutes. After 5 minutes and 10 minutes, the read range increased to 5.0 and 5.2 meters, respectively, due to the conductivity improvement of the antenna pattern and increased backscattered power from the tag. After that, the sensor tag started to dry and the read range started to decrease. After 15 minutes, the read range was back to 4.7 meters at 915 MHz. Based on these initial results, these tags show potential for low-cost identification and sensing solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation & USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting
    PublisherIEEE
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-7102-3
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-7103-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
    Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventIEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

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    ISSN (Electronic)1947-1491

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    ConferenceIEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting
    Abbreviated titleAPS/USNC-URSI
    Period1/01/00 → …

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