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RFID Tag Detection in 3-D Space

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Lash B. Mapa Purdue University - Calumet

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Lash Mapa is a Professor in Industrial/Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet (PUC). His undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Chemical Engineering. He has several years’ experience as a Chemical Engineer, Process and Project manager with European and U.S. manufacturing organizations. Currently, he is involved in the MS Technology program at PUC and has managed over thirty lean six sigma projects with manufacturing, service industry and educational institutions. He is a certified six sigma black belt and a certified quality engineer with ASQ

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Suraiya Jannat Khan Purdue University - Calumet

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Suraiya Jannat Khan is a Masters’ student at Department of Engineering Technology in Purdue University Calumet. Currently she is working as a part time engineer in Equip Manufacturing Inc., where she designs, builds and debugs control panels for local food industries. Suraiya has a passion to work with latest technologies. This urge has driven her into the field of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). As a graduate student, Suraiya is currently working with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag detection projects in Industrial Engineering Technology Laboratory.Her previous works include programming HMI with FactoryTalk View and RSLogix 5000, designing a low noise amplifier and designing a temperature and humidity meter with microprocessor 8086. Email:

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RFID Tag Detection in 3-D Space Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a system used to create an automated tracking solution of items in real time. A reader, a tag and an antenna make up the basics of an RFID system. It is a reader and a tag communicating through a medium at a certain frequency. This paper focuses on the readability of RFID tags at a certain attenuation and at certain positions with different linear distances in 3-D space. In this research both the linear distances and the tag displacements were varied to determine the effect on antenna footprints based on tag readability in 3-D space in real time. The data is analyzed to obtain the graphical representation of the coverage area into a 3D footprint.

Mapa, L. B., & Khan, S. J. (2016, June), RFID Tag Detection in 3-D Space Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26111

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