Software-defined active RFID readers

Spectrum Signal Processing and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are to jointly develop a suite of multi-purpose software-defined radio frequency identification interrogators.


Spectrum Signal Processing and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are to jointly develop a suite of multi-purpose software-defined radio frequency identification (RFID) interrogators for several programs that are addressing military logistics, homeland security and commercial transportation applications.


The readers are designed to track military assets in both hostile and non-hostile environments and to monitor the location and physical integrity of cargo containers.


First off, there is the Collaborative Force-Building Analysis, Sustainment and Transportation, or CFAST system – an advanced military information portal being funded by the US Department of Defense. This system is intended to enhance military decision making by enabling the sharing and collaborative use of advanced operations, intelligence, logistics and personnel planning information.


Secondly, there’s the NGA Emergency Management and Accountability System, or NEMAS, that’s being developed by the US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to monitor and track so called ‘first responders’ during emergency situations.


Lastly, The Marine Transportation System, or MTS, is a security monitoring and tracking system being developed by Navigational Sciences in conjunction with ORNL. The MTS is designed to provide logistics companies with the ability to track the location and physical integrity of marine cargo containers anywhere in the world. The MTS is also expected to support homeland security objectives by ensuring that sealed containers are not compromised during transport.


The active RFID interrogators being developed with ORNL will incorporate the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) to allow them to interoperate with Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) communications devices.


The readers will support multi-waveform operation including the support of complex waveforms designed to optimise the use of available frequency spectrum and to prevent the jamming and spoofing of security-sensitive RFID signals.


More information on the CFAST program can be found <link>here=http://www.defensesystemsgroup.com</link>.


More information on NGA can be found <link>here=http://www.nima.mil</link>.


More information on the MTS program can be found <link>here=http://www.navsci.com</link>.