The RFID Technologies group is part of the Institute of Microwave and Photonic Engineering at Graz University of Technology (Austria). The group works on radio frequency identification (RFID) topics.
RFID is a fast growing technology and paves the way for various new applications in low-power contactless communication systems. Additionally, RFID plays an important role for various companies in the Graz region. Approximately 50% of all RFID chips in global use have been developed in the Graz region (see RFID Hotspot Styria).
Representatives from the entire RFID supply chain – Joanneum Research DIGITAL, NXP Semiconductors, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Frosch Electronics GmbH, Enso Detego, Institute of Microwave and Photonic Engineering, Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communications (TU Graz), AVL List GmbH, and Weitzer Parkett – have come together to form a consortium to work on the K-project SeCoS. The project aims to develop a platform which places the highest demands on security and protection of privacy all the way from the chip to the application itself as well as to reduce component size, to enhance carrier frequencies and data transfer rates, and to improve the precision of object positioning. Several application scenarios will be implemented to demonstrate the research results.
SeCoS is a three-year project and started January 1st, 2013. It has an overall budget of several million euros. SeCoS is part of the COMET program – Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies – which is funded by Austria’s Federal Ministries for Transport, Innovation and Technology and Economy, Familiy and Youth, by the Styrian Business P romotion Agency, and by the Province of Styria.
The aim of the project is to evaluate potassium measurement technologies for their use as wireless disposable potassium test strips. Like diabetes patients monitor their blood sugar levels by finger-pricking and using a drop of capillary blood for a blood glucose measurement, the project partners – Joanneum Research HUMAN, Institute of Microwave and Photonic Engineering, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, and Universitätsklinik für Innere Medizin (Medical University Graz) – want to enable patients with heart failure and renal insufficiency to monitor their blood potassium levels the same way. The measured potassium value can then be stored in an electronic diary and used for optimization and individualization of the therapy of the patient by the attending physician. Moving one step further the measured potassium values can also be sent to the patient´s doctor via a telemedicine application that allows the physician to monitor the patient´s health status and enables him to intervene before the patient´s status reaches a critical level which would lead to an emergency admission to the hospital.