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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2013, Article ID 916526, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/916526
Research Article

Exploring the Limitations on RFID Technology in Traceability Systems at Beverage Factories

Departamento de Teoría do Sinal e Comunicacións, Universidade de Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain

Received 27 March 2013; Revised 1 June 2013; Accepted 5 June 2013

Academic Editor: Luca Catarinucci

Copyright © 2013 Isabel Expósito and Iñigo Cuiñas. 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

The application of RFID in traceability of products in beverage factories is analyzed in terms of the electromagnetic conditions defined by the massive presence of metallic elements and liquids. Various experiments are reported to determine the maximum reading range from RFID tags installed on tanks or to read RFID information around bottles, both empty and full of wine, trying to put in context the possible problems that could appear when installing an RFID-based traceability system within a winery, a brewery, or any other beverage factory.