RFID Lab (HFT)

The RFID measurement cabinet is a testing environment for RFID UHF-Tags (800-1000 MHz) and its one of the industry-related applications that are provided as a learning resource for industry 4.0. The students get specific exercises to work with the RFID measurement cabinet. Students can choose to check different transponders on the same substrate or the same transponder on different substrates. 

This application allows for example sensitivity and orientation testing, so the students are able to check out the needed power to activate the transponder or the theoretical read range. Finally, students compare and evaluate the efficiency of transponders and they are able to assess their ideal use.

Hochschule für Technik (HFT) Stuttgart

Physical. The RFID lab consists of a fully equipped RFID measurement cabinet, paired with a computer based control system. To perform experiments several types of transponder and substrates are available.

  • – RFID test chamber (voyantic)
  • – UHF RFID Reader (tagformance lite 2.2)
  • – Control system: PC with software (Tagformance 10)
  • – Various transponder and substrates

Students or researchers from HFT or other universities (via remote access), Open Lab for private enterprises, companies and public research (possible qualification offer for industry 4.0)

One User respectively one usergroup (2-3 persons)

Currently, the required transponder must be inserted manually into the RFID measuring chamber for each test.

The RFID measuring chamber is to be digitized through a robot arm in order to achieve external access without limited functionality.

Automated tag exchange for the measuring cabinet: In detail, the RFID transponders will be stored in a tag-magazine in front of the chamber. The robot arm grabs the previously selected transponder from the tag-magazine, moves into the measuring chamber and places the transponder. After the robot arm leaves the chamber and the door closed the measurement can be started by the user. The entire process is transmitted to the user via video stream.

Integration with DigiLab4U, remote control for tag testing, measurement data shall be stored in the Research Data System, integrated learning environment and analytics

"In the second semester we worked with the RFID Lab in the lecture sensor and evaluation technology. I can still build on the valuable knowledge from the lab today."
Alexandra Liakub
Student 6th term Bachelor
"In the RFID lab, we have the opportunity to collect and process our own data for the first time. A great occasion to practically use theoretical content from several lectures!​"
Marlies Goes
Student 2nd term Bachelor
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