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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2013, Article ID 263218, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/263218
Research Article

Towards a Traceability System Based on RFID Technology to Check the Content of Pallets within Electronic Devices Supply Chain

1Deusto Institute of Technology (DeustoTech), University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
2Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Public University of Navarra, 31006 Pamplona, Spain

Received 15 April 2013; Revised 4 July 2013; Accepted 19 July 2013

Academic Editor: Mira Trebar

Copyright © 2013 Ignacio Angulo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In the last few years there has been a growing interest in smart solutions capable of dealing with the traceability of products and materials to improve logistical processes. Most of the existing solutions have been designed without considering the difficulties of deploying traceability systems in the storehouses currently working, not dealing with specific needs, such as environment characteristics or time required to be handled by workers. In this paper, in order to test the viability of its application, a first prototype of a traceability system capable of checking the content of pallets loaded with electronic devices is presented. It is based on ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) technology using passive tags. A holistic approach has been adopted to design the system: it begins with a radioelectrical characterization of the environment where the check points will be implemented, continues with the integration of a set of data acquisition and wireless communication devices, and ends with a logistics information system able to provide final user services. The combination of physical layer analysis with a top layer system view can aid the planning as well as operational phase of this type of RFID system within a logistic chain.