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The influence of food composition and tag orientation on UHF RF IDentification

Barge, Paolo, Biglia, Alessandro, Comba, Lorenzo, Gay, Paolo, Ricauda Aimonino, Davide, Tortia, Cristina
Journal of food engineering 2019 v.246 pp. 242-252
ethanol, food composition, food supply chain, foods, organic acids and salts, radio frequency identification, radio waves, salts, sugars, temperature
Ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency (RF) labelling is considered to be one of the most promising techniques for automatic identification through all food supply chain phases. However, the efficacy of RF IDentification (RFID) systems has proven critical for some food products.In this paper the role of the composition and the temperature of the food product and of the mutual label-reader orientation on identification performances is investigated. For this purpose, basic food constituents, prepared as solutions (salts, sugars, organic acids and ethanol) at different concentrations and temperatures, were considered and then the identification results were compared to those obtained from whole food products.The results show how the reading performances of UHF RFID systems are influenced by the considered parameters. The reading ranges for the identification of critical food products by UHF RFID systems can be estimated and then improved by considering the composition of the food product directly from the design phase.