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Emerging Technologies and Expanding Applications – A Look into RFID Research in 2023

Jun 26, 2024

It seems to have become a yearly tradition that, at the beginning of the new year, I have a glance at the RFID research published in the past year to get an indication of what the future might bring to our business. This time, we are already six months into the new year, but as they say, better late than never! 

If you want to take a broader look back, you can look at our previous recaps from February 2021, February 2022, and January 2023. Sometimes, having a look back can be a great indicator of what the future might bring to our business.

The following analysis examined the headlines of RFID research articles published in 2023 in Google Scholar. There has, undoubtedly, been an impressive selection of fascinating research topics, which means I can’t include all topics and papers in this analysis even if I wanted to. But let’s look at some of the most exciting topics and trends of 2023.

Application-oriented research seems to be on the rise, which is understandable given the industry’s growing and maturing. RAIN RFID use is expanding rapidly to include volume use cases outside of retail, such as healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, and many other fields. Application research supports this market development.

Research expanding from technology development to technology use is a positive sign. The spread of types of applications tells about the applicability of RAIN RFID in several areas.

RFID Sensing in Healthcare

Integrating RFID technology, sensors, and medical diagnostics advances biomedical sciences to a whole new level. This is an interesting and growingly versatile RFID research area.

Passive UHF RFID technology could detect problems with orthopedic fixators early.

On-metal Tag Design

Following the trends of previous years, several papers have been published on developing tags specifically for tagging metallic objects.

Passive RFID sensors

Batterylessness is highly popular when it comes to passive RFID sensors.

Ancient findings and artifacts from ancient city.
RFID sensors could be used to monitor the microclimatic conditions in a museum

Coupling Effects

The following studies indicate that understanding and optimizing coupling effects are crucial for enhancing RFID tag performance in various applications.

RFID Applications

Papers examining RFID applications are, not surprisingly, a rising research area.


In conclusion, the RFID research published in 2023 demonstrates significant advancements in various fields, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and intelligent transportation systems. These studies highlight the expanding applications of RFID technology, from improving medical diagnostics and monitoring to enhancing the efficiency of industrial processes and urban infrastructure. The ongoing innovation and diversification in RFID applications underscore the technology’s growing impact and potential for future developments.

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