On implementing an unconventional infant vital signs monitor with passive RFID tags

Shrenik A. Vora, William M. Mongan, Endla K. Anday, Kapil R. Dandekar, Genevieve Dion, Adam K. Fontecchio, Timothy P. Kurzweg

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8 Scopus citations

Abstract

Enabling continuous and comfortable monitoring for newborn infants continues to remain a challenge. The circuitry and power required to monitor an infant's vital signs both with wired and wireless implementations are the main obstacles in realizing a seamless wearable infant monitor. In this paper, an unconventional battery-free and wireless infant heart and respiration rate monitor that uses passive RFID technology is proposed. Heart rate information is transmitted by turning an RFID tag on and off based on detection of heart beats and respiration rate is measured by monitoring the change in the received signal strength from the RFID tag due to respiratory activity. The system affords tremendous reduction in hardware and makes an integrated unobtrusive infant monitor possible. Such a monitor can contribute to reducing infant mortality by enabling continuous monitoring of potentially life threatening conditions like apnea and bradycardia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on RFID, RFID 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages47-53
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509045761
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 9 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on RFID, RFID 2017 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: May 9 2017May 11 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE International Conference on RFID, RFID 2017

Conference

Conference2017 IEEE International Conference on RFID, RFID 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period5/9/175/11/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation

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