WSN  Vol.7 No.2 , February 2015
Recharging RFID Tags for Environmental Monitoring Using UAVs: A Feasibility Analysis
ABSTRACT
RFID tags are used for different purposes. One of the major problems to be addressed, particularly for monitoring purposes, is their limited power autonomy. Tags must perform different tasks with limited power consumption and their batteries capacities are often too low, even if low power consumption techniques are implemented. In these operational situations tags should be kept in operation for long periods of time and the common solution is to go directly where they are installed and recharge them manually or change their batteries; alternatively, when possible, small photovoltaic (PV) panels may be adopted. This paper proposes a feasibility analysis of how it is possible to recharge a multipurpose RFID tag using a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), which is programmed to go above the tags and recharge them. This possibility is analyzed from an energetic point of view assuming to recharge a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) using a common commercial UAV adequately instrumented using the wireless power transfer technique.

Cite this paper
Allegretti, M. and Bertoldo, S. (2015) Recharging RFID Tags for Environmental Monitoring Using UAVs: A Feasibility Analysis. Wireless Sensor Network, 7, 13-19. doi: 10.4236/wsn.2015.72002.
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