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Localization of Life Safety Vests in an Aircraft Using Backscattering RFID Communication

Singh, K and Tejeshwini, DN and Patel, S and Sudhir, S and Ahmed, ZM and Prabhakar, TV and Kuri, J (2020) Localization of Life Safety Vests in an Aircraft Using Backscattering RFID Communication. In: IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification, 4 (3). pp. 234-245.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/JRFID.2020.3005248


In an aircraft, a variety of equipment are installed for the safety of the passengers, including seat belts, life vests, oxygen masks and cylinders, which require traceability for an efficient maintenance schedule. Furnishing them with RFID tags can enable the maintenance personnel to obtain accurate service history by just querying the tags. Overwater air travel mandates that the life vests should be present under each passenger seat before the aircraft is airborne. A mere count of life vests is insufficient as locating the seat that has a missing vest is required - a time consuming and non-trivial activity. We focus on 2D tracking of the life vests using backscattering RFID communication. Our study is limited to single aisle aircraft, although, it can be extended seamlessly to twin aisle wide body aircraft. A Divide-and-Conquer approach has been implemented, using COTS components, for locating the tags based on the phase measured from the signals backscattered by the tags. Extensive experiments are conducted by emulating the environment in an aircraft mockup fuselage. We experimented with two different setups, viz., Standard Mobile Platform and Novel Handheld setups. Average percentage errors of 4.7 and 4.6 have been achieved with the Handheld setup in the x and y directions, respectively. © 2017 IEEE.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to IEEE
Keywords: Aircraft; Aircraft mockups; Aircraft seats; Backscattering; Civil aviation; Fuselages; Radio frequency identification (RFID); Software packages, Divide-and-conquer approach; Maintenance personnel; Maintenance schedules; Mobile platform; Percentage error; RFID communication; Single aisle aircrafts; Wide body aircrafts, Aircraft communication
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2021 10:07
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2021 10:07
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/70319

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