RFID Journal LIVE! 2017Post-Conference SeminarsMaster Class: Benchmarking UHF RFID Hardware

Master Class: Benchmarking UHF RFID Hardware

For any successful RFID deployment, a proven approach involves conducting a site and workflow analysis, based on the principals of RF physics and good system design. After these steps are undertaken properly, the correct hardware and software must be chosen before a pilot or rollout is planned. This instructor-led master class, presented by RFID4U, will provide an introduction to developing a set of common benchmarks for comparing the performance of UHF RFID readers and tags based on specific applications of the technology. After a quick overview, the presenter will discuss the top-10 recommendations for benchmarking UHF hardware.

Attendees with an All-Access or Fast Track Training pass can choose to attend any session in any conference track. Download a PDF of the full conference agenda.

May 11 2:00 PM

Benchmarking Passive UHF RFID Tags: Part 1

Understanding how passive UHF tags perform and why some tags do so better than others is critical to achieving high read rates in any RFID deployment. This session will explain the types of tag antennas, and how different antennas perform with linear and circular polarized reader antennas, tag detuning and shadowing. Participants will learn how to create test plans, procedures and metrics to measure read speeds for tags in isolation, or in a population of other tags.
May 11 2:45 PM

Benchmarking Passive UHF RFID Tags: Part 2

In this session, the presenter will explain how to test tags' orientation sensitivity, and explore ways to test the efficiency of tags and their ability to harvest energy and respond to readers. Participants will learn how to measure tag performance in free air and on different types of products and materials, as well as how to identify improperly tagged items.
May 11 3:30 PM

Break

May 11 3:45 PM

Benchmarking Passive UHF Readers: Part 1

Readers are the other critical element in any passive UHF RFID system. This session will explain how to create test plans, procedures and metrics to determine essential benchmarking parameters, including reader sensitivity, when picking up signals from passive UHF tags. The presenter will also explore RFID reader interfaces and the importance of being able to adjust the gain of reader antennas in order to read tags in a variety of applications.
May 11 4:30 PM

Benchmarking Passive UHF Readers: Part 2

The performance of an RFID system can be optimized by the types of antennas you choose. In this session, the presenter will demonstrate types of antennas for stationary and handheld readers, as well as parameters like directive gain, and show how antenna performance can be measured.
May 11 5:15 PM

Open Discussion

Participants will have the opportunity to question the presenter and ask about specific applications, in addition to the use of passive UHF RFID systems in different environments.
May 11 6:00 PM

Master Class: Benchmarking UHF RFID Hardware Concludes