Skip to main content

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Applications in Utilities for Underground and other Fixed Asset Detection and Management

The full text article is not available for purchase.

The publisher only permits individual articles to be downloaded by subscribers.

or click here to sign up for a free trial


It is important for water, wastewater, gas and other utility companies to know the locations, status and maintenance history of their underground and other fixed assets so they can be protected and managed efficiently. Such assets include underground and concealed utility lines and pipes, water creeks, canals, reservoirs, storage tanks, pumps and more.

This paper discusses how RFID and wireless technologies can be used to track, monitor and manage these assets in real-time resulting in reduced cost and increased operational efficiency. The solution for managing assets extends existing technologies like GPS that utilities are using today by adding precision and repeatability and, by eliminating the need for continuous line of sight with satellites.

The RFID system (patent pending) outlined in this paper has been developed by Wysetree Corporation and is currently been implemented at the Santa Clara Water District. The solution uses RFID tags as unique identifiers, RFID Readers, wireless handheld devices and a server or host computer with a location database to provide utilities with accurate information in real-time.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2005

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access.
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Partial Open Access Content
Partial Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more