Performance Evaluation of a Novel Animals Tracking System based on UHF RFID Technology

Luca Catarinucci, Riccardo Colella, Luca Mainetti, Vincenzo Mighali, Luigi Patrono, Ilaria Sergi, Luciano Tarricone


The adoption of solutions based on Radio Frequency IDentification technology in a wide range of contexts is a matter of fact. In many situations, such as the tracking of small-size living animals, the straightforward use of commercial systems does not ensure adequate performance. Consequently, both the RFID hardware and the software control platform should be tailored for the particular application. In this work, the specific requirements of Near Field Ultra High Frequency RFID reader antennas suitable for small-size animal localization and tracking are identified and a control system in a LabVIEW environment is designed. Afterwards, both hardware and software solutions have been implemented and validated. In particular, an algorithm based on the measured Received Signal Strength Indication, in order to obtain precise localization data, was developed and validated. Finally, the set-up of a first working prototype involving built-in-lab reader antennas has been completed and tested. The achieved results prove the effectiveness of the proposed tracking system.


UHF tags, RFID, animal tracking system, performance evaluation, test bed

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