Simultaneous Gen2 Inventory and Angle of Arrival Measurement of Backscatter Signals with Multiple Commodity SDRs

Jin Mitsugi, Yuusuke Kawakita

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Abstract

Simultaneous inventory and angle of arrival (AoA) measurement of UHF RF tags is strongly demanded for item searching in warehouses and offices. Existing high accuracy AoA measurements of RF tags mainly employ a radio comprised of multiple antennas and coherent receivers to produce synchronized multiple IQ streams. Such radio is usually realized as a dedicated hardware and software, which is not suitable for prototyping new ideas. This paper proposes a method to realize simultaneous inventory and AoA measurement with multiple commodity software defined radios (SDRs). In the proposal, the cancellation of mutual phase offsets, an well known problem of multiple commodity SDRs, is done by physically switching the combination of receiving antennas and receivers with an external RF switch and subtracting the two phase differences. This way, the calibration before AoA measurement can be done during the process of phase measurement with no human intervention. The antenna switching is integrated into a SDR Gen2 interrogator developed on a dual RF-ports USRP. The external RF switch is synchronously controlled with Gen2 inventory progress using Gen2 protocol features called action and target. The accuracy of phase offset cancellation was evaluated with wired and wireless experiments with commercial Gen2 RF tags. The experiments revealed that AoA measurement can be simultaneously performed with Gen2 inventory without any intervention achieving less than 3 degree of phase offset cancellation error.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on RFID, RFID 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728155760
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep 28
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on RFID, RFID 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 2020 Sep 282020 Oct 16

Publication series

Name2020 IEEE International Conference on RFID, RFID 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on RFID, RFID 2020
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period20/9/2820/10/16

Keywords

  • Angle of arrival
  • Gen2 inventory
  • phase offset
  • software defined radio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation

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