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 April 04, 2014
ABTS Convention Services Researches Environmentally Powered Rfid Conference Badges

 ABTS Convention Services (ABTS), a global meetings and convention services company, is researching the feasibility of powering RFID conference badges using environmental sources of energy rather than costly, environmentally unfriendly batteries.

A significant problem with conventional passive RFID is that it requires relatively strong RF signal strength from a nearby reader device to power the tag's chip and the subsequent transmission back to the reader. This limits range and reliability of the tag.

Providing onboard power to the tag gets around some of these limitations making it better suited for applications such as Lead Retrieval and Attendance tracking. The project's design accomplishes this by combining multiple energy sources: Solar (for indoor lighting), Electromagnetic (kinetic or movement) and Piezoelectric generators to provide additional power to the tag.

This research has provided valuable knowledge of what is required to power a passive RFID tag without batteries. It is hoped that this research will contribute to the development of smart-badge technology for Lead Retrieval and Attendance tracking in the convention / meetings industry.

The year-long project was a joint venture between ABTS; NiPS Laboratory, University of Perugia, Italy; WisePower srl - a company spun off from the University of Perugia and dedicated to the design and prototyping of a new class of energy generators for mobile devices; and Heading Srl - A leader in Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector on behalf of Enel and Terna.

ABTS Convention Services

ABTS Convention Services exclusively represents 20 major U.S. associations while serving association management companies and housing & registration partners with internationally friendly group housing, onsite support, and global sales and marketing strategy. With offices in Miami, Rome, San Francisco and Belgrade, our reach extends to the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia. The company is partnered with medical associations worldwide and our multilingual multicultural teams maintain a global network of over 15,000 international planners. ABTS also serves top pharmaceutical companies, communication agencies, and incentive houses throughout the world. ABTS has specialized in providing the comprehensive range of services essential for the creation of successful meetings, exhibitions and special events for almost 20 years.

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