Low-cost inkjet-printed RFID tag antenna design for remote healthcare applications

Sharif, A., Ouyang, J., Yan, Y., Raza, A., Imran, M. A. and Abbasi, Q. H. (2019) Low-cost inkjet-printed RFID tag antenna design for remote healthcare applications. IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, 3(4), pp. 261-268. (doi:10.1109/JERM.2019.2924823)

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Abstract

This paper presents a low-cost, inkjet printed radio frequency identification (RFID) tag antenna for remote healthcare applications. The electrically small tag consists of nested-slot configuration and parallel strips. The tag antenna is exploited as a sensor by modifying its equivalent circuit to mitigate the effects of water, blood sample phantom, and the human body. As a result, the proposed RFID tag antenna with compact dimensions of 40 × 14 mm 2 , features a conjugate match with Impinj R6 RFID chip ranging from 890 to 937 MHz. Moreover, this tag has a read range of 3 m, 2.5 m, and 1.5 m on the water bottle, intravenous (IV) solution and blood bag, respectively. However, the read range of RFID tag on an empty water bottle or IV solution bag is 0.5 m. By comparing the read range of tag on empty and solution filled IV bags, the proposed tag was used as a water proximity sensor. Experimental testing of the tag is performed for sensing the level of the IV solution. Also, this tag is tested after mounting on the liquid mixture (a mixture of salt and sugar is used as a phantom to mimic the blood) filled plastic bags, which leads to a low-cost solution for blood storage management. Experimental results show a good agreement of the proposed tag toward its use in healthcare applications, which leads to better healthcare facilitation regarding cost, time, and care.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by NPRP under Grant NPRP 10-1231-160071 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Imran, Professor Muhammad and Abbasi, Dr Qammer
Authors: Sharif, A., Ouyang, J., Yan, Y., Raza, A., Imran, M. A., and Abbasi, Q. H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology
Publisher:IEEE
ISSN:2469-7257
ISSN (Online):2469-7257
Published Online:26 June 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology 3(4): 261-268
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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