Thesis

CargoNet: Micropower Sensate Tags for Supply-Chain Management and Security

Feb. 1, 2007

Groups

Malinowski, M. "CargoNet: Micropower Sensate Tags for Supply-Chain Management and Security"

Abstract

This thesis describes the development of a system of sensate active RFID tags for supply-chain management and security applications, necessitated by the current lack of commercial platforms capable of monitoring the state of shipments at the crate and case level. To make a practical prototype, off-the-shelf components and custom-designed circuits that minimize power consumption and cost were assembled and integrated into an interrupt-driven, quasi-passive system that can monitor, log, and report environmental conditions inside a shipping crate while consuming only 23.7 microwatts of average power. To prove the feasibility of the system, the tags were tested in the laboratory and aboard transport conveyances.

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