We propose using inductive near-field coupling as advantageous physical layer choice, allowing an RFID-like operation of the network with wireless power supply from central reader devices and low-complexity tag design. Our primary goals for inductively coupled microsensors are twofold: we want to enable reliable communication to and between sensor nodes, and perform accurate localization of individual sensors. Both tasks are affected by the central limitation of a physical layer based on near-field coupling: the severely limited range of interaction. We will show throughout this thesis that the use of wireless relaying allows for overcoming this limitation.
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