AUT RFID Applications Laboratory (AURA)

AUT RFID Applications Laboratory (AURA)


The AURA Laboratory is located in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. RFID is a technology for auto-identification of objects, which does not require a line of sight. The lab works in many areas associated with RFID use including supply-chain, medical and disability applications, RFID security and RFID data management. AURA has the capability to become involved in many consultancy and research projects outside our core interests.


Dave and the PhD and Masters students have wide ranging experience in developing software for activity monitoring on PC and mobile platforms in a wide range of languages. Software has been developed for LF, HF and UHF devices as well as for both active and passive tags. Analysis techniques include Markov models, Self–organising maps and fractal approaches as well as implementations of existing algorithms such as SMURF. The team has extensive experience of working in operational environments as well as simulation suites. The team has close relationships with the RFID industry in new Zealand as well as healthcare organisations and other Universities.

Research Focus

The AURA Lab is dedicated to the idea that RFID can provide a cheap, flexible and unobtrusive means of combining the digital and physical world. Understanding and supporting human activity demands the development of techniques, algorithms and software that have potentially huge research and practical benefits. AURA concentrates on the use of commercial off the shelf systems for readers and tags but innovates in the area of software development and activity representation in order to gain extra benefit from data.

Unique Capability Proposition

The laboratory has a wide range of equipment available including LF,HF and UHF Tags and Readers, active tags and NFC-enabled mobile devices. The laboratory has strong industry links and is a member of the New Zealand RFID pathfinder group.

Past Successes

Apart from more than 20 academic articles and 5 Theses in the area, a number of projects have been developed:

  • WISP Challenge – Automated recording of Pill dispensing
  • Magic Bag – System to record items with a bag and identify missing items
  • Anaesthetic Activity Monitoring – analysis of activity in operating theatres
  • Pharmacy dispensing monitoring