What is it about?
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is a way of tagging objects and people with devices that respond to polls with information. This could be as simple as a unique identification number (similar to barcodes), which can aid in inventory management and tracking, or it can include more details, such as basic electronic health records for patients, or even recent sensor readings integrated with the RFID chip (e.g., temperature). This paper focuses on health care applications of implantable RFID chips, examining the effect of body tissues on the antenna design and propagation performance.
Why is it important?
RFID is one element behind the "Internet of Things", which covers a number of possible application areas, such as smart buildings, environmental monitoring, and personal health monitoring. Introducing RFID chips into human bodies has been suggested for various applications, but there are various trade-offs involved. This paper investigates some of the trade-offs related to operating range, antenna design and operating frequency.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Robert N Foster