REMS Sensors for Environmental

Monitoring environmental conditions for perishable goods

A passive sensor based on reflected electro-material signatures (REMS) for monitoring an environmental condition


Georgia Tech inventors have created a sensor concept based on reflected electro-material signatures (REMS) that consists of three distinct components working together to provide passive sensing capability of environment information. The first part of the component includes a electro-material line consisting of a chemical strip sandwiched between the ground plane and top trace of an RF tag’s micro-strip transmission line. The second component is a reflector circuitry, consisting of the transmission line itself, and the radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) that performs backscatter and identification functions, and any RF tag antennas. Lastly, the third component is a RF reader that must be used to interrogate the REMS sensor as well as perform the signal processing for data extraction.

Key Benefits

Low cost – decreases expenses by being compatible with existing UHF or microwave passive RFID integrated circuits Precise – because an RFID readers filters out unmodulated scatter components, an RFID-based REMS sensor is more precise Allows passive interrogation of the sensor


Monitoring environmental conditions for perishable goods Tracking and recording changes in environmental conditions Condition verification during the supply process

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