Fast RFID grouping protocols

Jia Liu, Bin Xiao, Shigang Chen, Feng Zhu, Lijun Chen

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In RFID systems, the grouping problem is to efficiently group all tags according to a given partition such that tags in the same group will have the same group ID. Unlike previous research on the unicast transmission from a reader to a tag, grouping provides a fundamental mechanism for efficient multicast transmissions and aggregate queries in large RFID-enabled applications. A message can be transmitted to a group of m tags simultaneously in multicast, which improves the efficiency by m times when comparing with unicast. We study fast grouping protocols in large RFID systems. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first attempt to tackle this practically important yet uninvestigated problem. We start with a straightforward solution called the Enhanced Polling Grouping (EPG) protocol. We then propose a time-efficient FIltering Grouping (FIG) protocol that uses Bloom filters to remove the costly ID transmissions. We point out the limitation of the Bloom-filter based solution due to its intrinsic false positive problem, which leads to our final ConCurrent Grouping (CCG) protocol. With a drastically different design, CCG is able to outperform FIG by exploiting collisions to inform multiple tags of their group ID simultaneously and by removing any wasteful slots in its frame-based execution. Simulation results demonstrate that our best protocol CCG can reduce the execution time by a factor of 11 when comparing with a baseline polling protocol.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2015
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781479983810
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2015
Event34th IEEE Annual Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, IEEE INFOCOM 2015 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 26 Apr 20151 May 2015


Conference34th IEEE Annual Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, IEEE INFOCOM 2015
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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