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Eldorado Research Institute Project Saves Lives via RFID

An RFID system to ensure the correct usage of security equipment in the electrical sector won the Best Poster award at this year's IEEE conference, which was co-located with RFID Journal LIVE! 2019.
By Edson Perin

Celpa, which is piloting the system, is among the members of the Equatorial Group, which supports the Eldorado Research Institute's RFID project and has four electric power distributors in the north and northeast sections of Brazil. These are Celpa, Cemar, Cepisa and Ceal. The project is being sponsored by the research, development and innovation fund of Brazil's National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), and is technically coordinated by Celpa and Cemar. Driving and development are under the guidance of the Eldorado Research Institute.

The IEEE Award
The first round of investments, which includes experimental development and applied research, reached 3.2 million real. According to Baracat, the RFID system applies to all areas in which it is necessary to ensure the correct use of EPCs by workers. "Other potential areas of application," he notes, "are oil and gas, mining and civil construction, among others."

Flávia Cabral da Costa, the project's technical lead at the Eldorado Research Institute, says the RFID antennas were designed internally at the institute and were made, in part, by domestic manufacturers, such as FR4 and Alfapress, and by a Chinese manufacturer, involving flexible materials such as polyamide. "In the current version," he states, "for the proof-of-concept, we use RFID technology with an RFID transceiver module from Impinj."

The Eldorado Research Institute
With the project's scope agreed with its partners, the institute has designed a custom RFID chip that includes a temperature sensor, as well as a provision for control of up to three more external sensors. RFID chips from several manufacturers, such as Impinj, EM Microelectronics, Farsens and NXP Semiconductors, were used for the initial concept validation phase.

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