Come and be served: Parallel decoding for COTS RFID tags

Jiajue Ou, Mo Li, Yuanqing Zheng

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Current commodity RFID systems incur high communication overhead due to severe tag-to-tag collisions. Although some recent works have been proposed to support parallel decoding for concurrent tag transmissions, they require accurate channel measurements, tight tag synchronization, or modifications to standard RFID tag operations. In this paper, we present BiGroup, a novel RFID communication paradigm that allows the reader to decode the collision from multiple commodity-off-the-shelf (COTS) RFID tags in one communication round. In BiGroup, COTS tags can directly join ongoing communication sessions and get decoded in parallel. The collision resolution intelligence is solely put at the reader side. To this end, BiGroup examines the tag collisions at RFID physical layer from constellation domain as well as time domain, exploits the underutilized channel capacity due to low tag transmission rate, and leverages tag diversities. We implement BiGroup with USRP N210 software radio that is able to read and decode multiple concurrent transmissions from COTS passive tags. Our experimental study gives encouraging results that BiGroup greatly improves RFID communication efficiency, i.e., 11 times performance improvement compared with the alternative decoding scheme for COTS tags.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7819491
Pages (from-to)1569-1581
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Parallel decoding
  • Physical layer
  • RFID systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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