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Survey of RFID and Its Application to International Ocean/Air Container Tracking
Minoru KATAYAMA Hiroshi NAKADA Hitoshi HAYASHI Masashi SHIMIZU
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications
Publication Date: 2012/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED SURVEY PAPER
RFID, ubiquitous, sensor, passive, active, positioning, container, tracking,
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“Internet of Things” (IoT) requires information to be collected from “anything”, “anytime”, and “anywhere”. In order to achieve this, wireless devices are required that have (1) automatic data acquisition capability, (2) small size, (3) long life, and (4) long range communication capability. One way to meet these requirements is to adopt active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. Active RFID is more advantageous than passive RFID and enables higher data reading performance over longer distances. This paper surveys active RFID systems, the services they currently promise to provide, technical problems common to these services, and the direction in which research should head in the future. It also reports the results of EPCglobal (EPC: Electronic Product Code) pilot tests conducted on global logistics for tracking ocean/air container transportation using active RFID systems for which we developed several new types of active RFID tags. The test results confirm that our active RFID tags have sufficient capability and low power consumption to well support ocean/air transportation and logistics service.