Chipless RFID Authentication

Design, Realization and Characterization

Chipless RFID Authentication

Zeshan Ali, University of Grenoble Alpes, France
Etienne Perret, University of Grenoble Alpes, France
Nicolas Barbot, University of Grenoble Alpes, France
Romain Siragusa, University of Grenoble Alpes, France

ISBN : 9781786308337

Publication Date : November 2022

Hardcover 192 pp

165.00 USD



Chipless RFID Authentication examines the development of highly secure product authentication systems for manufactured products by using chipless radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

The absence of a chip and its compatibility with mass production make chipless RFID an alternative to barcodes. This book discusses how, by using natural randomness inherent to the fabrication process, each chipless RFID tag has a unique signature that can never be reproduced, even if someone tries to copy the label.

The book first explores the state-of-the-art of existing authentication and anti-counterfeiting methods based on their security level. Next, a methodology describing the characterization of chipless RFID tags for the authentication application is presented, followed by a discussion of the extraction of aspect-independent parameters for chipless RFID tags. After proposing designs for the tags, the book presents the realization and characterization of the labels (which exhibit naturally occurring randomness) for authentication, using printed circuit boards and inkjet printing on polyethylene terephthalate.


1. Introduction to Chipless Radio Frequency Identification.
2. Literature Review.
3. Methodology and Proof of Concept.
4. Extraction of Chipless Tag Key Parameters from Backscattered Signals.
5. Chipless Authentication Using PCB Tags.
6. Chipless Authentication Using Inkjet-Printed PET Tags.

About the authors/editors

Zeshan Ali is a postdoctoral researcher with the Grenoble INP, part of Université Grenoble Alpes, in France. He specializes in the design of RF/microwave circuits for chipless RFID tags and systems, radar signal processing, multi-band filters, reconfigurable filters and optimization methods.

Etienne Perret is an Associate Professor with the Grenoble INP, part of Université Grenoble Alpes. He is interested in electromagnetic modeling of passive devices for millimeter and submillimeter-wave applications, wireless communication systems including RFID and chipless RFID technologies, non-volatile nano-ionic RF switches, and advanced computer-aided design techniques based on the development of automated co-design synthesis computational approaches. He has contributed to numerous pioneering works in the field of chipless RFID.

Nicolas Barbot is Associate Professor with the Grenoble INP, part of Université Grenoble Alpes. His research interests include backscattering communications, RFID, chipless RFID and antenna theory, especially the use of chipless tags as low-cost, battery-free and robust sensors.

Romain Siragusa is Associate Professor with the Grenoble INP, part of Université Grenoble Alpes. He specializes in the field of wireless communications, especially RFID.

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