Punch-Needled Passive UHF RFID Tag Dipole Antennas: Design, Fabrication, and Initial Wireless Evaluation

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This study presents design and fabrication as well as evaluates the initial performance of punch-needled passive UHF (Ultra high frequency) RFID (Radiofrequency identification) tag antennas. There are two different kinds of punch-needling techniques used: 1) by using conductive thread on the backside of the tag antenna and 2) by using conductive thread on both sides of the tag antenna. Both types of tag antennas were made with 100 % wool yarn onto Aida cloth and for conductive parts. The wireless performance of the tags was evaluated at the European frequencies (865.6-867.6 MHz), where they achieved a maximum read range of over 1.2 meters. According to these preliminary results, it is potential to implement this construction method, which is especially interesting for home crafters, who are interested in making textile-integrated electronics of on their own. In further research, we inspect how to increase the read range of these punch-needled tags and explore other innovative home crafting manners to create passive UHF RFID tags from different types of materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 8th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies, SpliTech 2023
EditorsPetar Solic, Sandro Nizetic, Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues, Diego Lopez-de-Ipina Gonzalez-de-Artaza, Toni Perkovic, Luca Catarinucci, Luigi Patrono
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-953-290-128-3
ISBN (Print)979-8-3503-2320-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies (SpliTech) - Split/Bol, Croatia
Duration: 20 Jun 202323 Jun 2023


ConferenceInternational Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies (SpliTech)


  • antenna
  • home crafting
  • passive UHF RFID
  • punch needle
  • RFID tag

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction


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