Performance analysis of anti-collision protocols for RFID systems

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Executive Summary

Recently RFID technology has made its way into end-user applications, enabling automatic item identification without requiring line of sight. In particular passive tags provide a promising, low cost and energy-efficient solution for inventory applications. However, their large-scale adoption strictly depends on the efficiency of the identification process. A major challenge is how to arbitrate channel access so that all tags are able to answer the reader inquiries and identify themselves over time. This paper stems from the observation that a variety of anti-collision protocols for RFIDs have been proposed in the literature. However, a thorough simulation comparison among them and a clear identification of the mechanisms resulting in better end-to-end performance is lacking.

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