By and large, RFID technology is ready for deployment. As a matter of fact, this is one of the drivers behind the BRIDGE project, which aims to catalyse the massive adoption of this new technology by European industry. However, there is still a lot of room for further research and development in this technology in many areas, which can be summarised in three key objectives:
Task 1.1 Sensor-enabled tags
To define a common tag hardware platform that separates the tag RF communications, the data capturing, the data processing, and the power subsystem
Task 1.2 Miniature tags
This task aims to advance the research, and to apply the results to the design, fabrication, and testing of a small tag, as close as possible to 1x1 cm, suitable for use on articles such as medicine phials.
Task 1.3 Metal and dielectric object tags
To design a reasonable-cost RFID tag for metal objects.
Task 1.4 Low-cost readers
The goal is to decrease the hardware costs to one order of magnitude, obtaining in few years RFID readers in the €100 to €300 range.
Task 1.5 High read-rate antennas for readers
The goal of this task is to research the best antenna designs and configurations to obtain read rates as high as possible.
Task 1.6 Ambient-intelligent RFID systems
The goal of this task is to select some specific cases in which the smart object model adds most value, and to develop a fully functional prototype.