Software Defined Radio, RF and RFID Tag detection system - BC-391

Preferred Disciplines: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Digital Communications technology (Masters, PhD, Post-Doc)
Project length: 4-6 months (1 unit)
Approx. start date: As soon as possible
Location: Surrey, BC
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: None
Company: Flashgate Technology Inc

About Company:

Flashgate Technology Inc is an innovative developer of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems for retailers which incorporate facial recognition with AI to collect consumer demographic information while also serving up advertising on patented systems located at the front entrance of retail stores. Located in Surrey, BC Flashgate sells products worldwide and is rapidly expanding its IP portfolio in the area of radio signal processing.

Summary of Project:

Software defined radio (SDR) is a system where typical signal processing functions (filters, modulators, demodulators, and others) are implemented in software versus traditionally hardware implementations thus providing low cost and flexibility to obtain very different radios with the same hardware, just by changing the embedded software.
Flashgate wishes to use Software Defined Radio to implement within Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems used by retailers to prevent shoplifting. Traditional systems broadcast at a specific frequency to energize a passive RF tag and listen for a signal response. This approach generates multitudes of false positives as the systems do not recognize the signal from a tag as different from an ambient signal at the same frequency

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

Develop a Software Defined Radio system to replace traditional EAS systems:

  • Identify unique signal signatures for RF security tags in a sea of background noise at the same or nearby frequencies via software defined radio
  • Identify unique RFID security tag signature and encoded information via software defined radio
  • Pass notification of RF signature/RFID information detection to Flashgate sub-systems

Methodology:

    • TBD

    Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • Understanding of radio frequency detection and processing
    • Software Defined Radio basics
    • Software development capabilities

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    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Yaser M. Roshan (yroshan(at)mitacs.ca). 
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