ETSI Guides on RFID

ETSI reports on improved RFID reader performance at busy loading bays

June 5, 2006

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SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France -- ETSI’s Code of Practice, which provides guidance on the installation and operation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems within Europe, has been the reference document for recent testing in warehouse conditions.

At the beginning of May 2006, specialists conducted the second round of tests on reading performance of RFID systems at UHF ranges, achieving a reading performance of 98.5%, compared to a best effort performance of 91-96% (dependent on pallet speed) in Januarys’ tests, under identical conditions.

John Falck, Chairman of ETSI Task Group 34 (TG#34) stated: “Overall the results from the trials have been encouraging. Equipment now exists that is able to operate satisfactorily in Europe, but there is a way to go as end users call for even higher reading performance.”

The results of the warehouse trials in Europe have verified the recommendations in the ETSI Code of Practice (ETSI TR 102 436). Using these guidelines it is possible to install RFID equipment at European sites where there are small to medium levels of activity. Increasing the size of operational sites is now the challenge for the industry in Europe.

At last week’s meeting of TG#34, RFID manufacturers provided a synchronisation "demonstration of principle". This technique potentially permits multiple interrogators to transmit simultaneously on the same channel. It is hoped the technique will allow many interrogators to co-exist in close proximity with one another at large sites.

After the meeting, Mr Falck said: “The demonstrations were very encouraging.

The next step will be to test the concepts at a working site using many more interrogators. This is essential to discover any unforeseen problems.” TG34 has now turned its attention principally to this area, TR 102 436 will be subject to further refinement as techniques continue to improve – a new edition is expected in the new year.

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

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