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DENSE AND LONG-TERM MONITORING OF EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES WITH PASSIVE RFID -A REVIEW

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Abstract

Billions of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) passive tags are produced yearly to identify goods remotely. New research and business applications are continuously arising, including recently localization and sensing to monitor earth surface processes. Indeed, passive tags can cost 10 to 100 times less than wireless sensors networks and require little maintenance, facilitating years-long monitoring with ten's to thousands of tags. This study reviews the existing and potential applications of RFID in geosciences. The most mature application today is the study of coarse sediment transport in rivers or coastal environments, using tags placed into pebbles. More recently, tag localization was used to monitor landslide displacement, with a centimetric accuracy. Sensing tags were used to detect a displacement threshold on unstable rocks, to monitor the soil moisture or temperature, and to monitor the snowpack temperature and snow water equivalent. RFID sensors, available today, could monitor other parameters, such as the vibration of structures, the tilt of unstable boulders, the strain of a material, or the salinity of water. Key challenges for using RFID monitoring more broadly in geosciences include the use of ground and aerial vehicles to collect data or localize tags, the increase in reading range and duration, the ability to use tags placed under ground, snow, water or vegetation, and the optimization of economical and environmental cost. As a pattern, passive RFID could fill a gap between wireless sensor networks and manual measurements, to collect data efficiently over large areas, during several years, at high spatial density and moderate cost.
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hal-03882699 , version 1 (02-12-2022)

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Mathieu Le Breton, Frédéric Liébault, Laurent Baillet, Arthur Charléty, Éric Larose, et al.. DENSE AND LONG-TERM MONITORING OF EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES WITH PASSIVE RFID -A REVIEW. Earth-Science Reviews, In press. ⟨hal-03882699⟩
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