Performance Evaluation of UHF RFID Tags in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

  • M. De Blasi
  • V. Mighali
  • L. Patrono
  • M. L. Stefanizzi
Conference paper


The item-level tagging is one of the main challenges in the pharmaceutical distribution in order to improve track and trace systems. The RFID technology will play a very important role in development of auto-identification solutions. In this chapter, we focus on the use of passive UHF tags, in order to analyze a performance comparison between near field and far field UHF RFID systems. Some different passive UHF tags, suitably chosen, have been tested at item-level, i.e., on each single medicine package, simulating each stage of the pharmaceutical supply chain in a controlled laboratory environment. The obtained experimental results, in terms of successful read rates, have shown that the use of passive far field UHF tags represents an advantage solution to guarantee high performance in an item-level tracing system in the whole supply chain.


Supply Chain Conveyor Belt Ophthalmic Solution Ultra High Frequency Purchase Order 
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The authors wish to thank all industrial partners (Merck Serono, FarPas, EurPack, and CTP System) of the TRUE project for their practical advices that have been fundamentals for obtaining the experimental results shown. Finally, the authors would like to thank Luca Catarinucci, researcher at the University of Salento, for his support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. De Blasi
    • 1
  • V. Mighali
    • 1
  • L. Patrono
    • 1
  • M. L. Stefanizzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Innovation EngineeringUniversity of SalentoLecceItaly

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