A battery-less NFC sensor transponder for museum artefact monitoring - a review of NFC sensor technology and a proposed solution

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Gawade, Dinesh R.
Buckley, John
Rather, Nadeem N.
Ziemann, Steffen
Zabeo, Alex
Barton, John
Iacopino, Daniela
Schuhmann, Katharina
Anders, Manfred
Burke, Micheal
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This paper presents a novel, low-cost, battery-less Near-Field Communication (NFC) sensor transponder for museum artefact monitoring of Cultural Heritage objects. The proposed solution combines a unique combination of packaging materials and NFC technology to enable a low-cost preventive conservation solution that is practical to implement, something that is not possible at present. Cultural Heritage objects and artefacts are valuable objects housed by museums and are often stored in uncontrolled climatic conditions, which may lead to degradation of these objects. Preventive conservation is a new strategy that aims to avoid future degradation of these types of valuable objects. Recently, NFC sensor transponders have shown an increased use in food and pharmaceutical cold supply chains for monitoring, but these commercial solutions are expensive to implement and cannot be easily adapted for museum artefact monitoring. In this work, we present a battery-less, long shelf life, low-cost sensor transponder for monitoring the temperature and humidity conditions inside cardboard artefact storage boxes. In developing the proposed solution, the state of the art NFC sensor technology is first reviewed in detail, and a battery-less NFC sensor transponder is proposed with a cost of less than â ¬5 in quantities of 10k. In addition to this, early-stage prototype results are also presented.
Artefacts , Battery-less , Cultural heritage , Energy harvesting , High-frequency RFID , Internet of Things , Museum , NFC , Preventive conservation , Sensor technology
Gawade, D. R., Buckley, J., Rather, N., Ziemann, S., Zabeo, A., Barton, J., Iacopino, D., Schuhmann, K., Anders, M., Burke, M., Quinn, A. and O'Flynn, B. (2019) ‘A Battery-Less NFC Sensor Transponder for Museum Artefact Monitoring - A Review of NFC Sensor Technology and a Proposed Solution’, SENSORCOMM 2019 : The Thirteenth International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications Nice, France, 27-31 October. https://www.thinkmind.org/index.php?view=article&articleid=sensorcomm_2019_5_20_10073
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