RFID Reader

Demonstration setup for RFID reader connected to NI myRIO MXP. The compact layout requires several breadboard jumper connections.
This project introduces students to the RFID tag standard, the UART communication protocol, and the operation, interface,and features of an RFID reader. Students use myRIO and LabVIEW to detect RFID tags, acquire data from the RFID tags, and parse the message. Through these activities, students follow steps to demonstrate correct operation of the RFID reader, watch videos involving theory, and participate in a short activity after each video.
by Dr. Ed Doering | Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


This is lab 38 of 39 in the course, NI myRIO Project Essentials Guide.


  • PDF Project Manual
  • LabVIEW Code
  • Video Tutorials (linked within Project Manual)


  • Basic LabVIEW familiarity
  • Basic circuit building

Related Resources


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LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.

Required Software

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  • myRIO Software Bundle (2013 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit

Required Hardware

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  • myRIO (enclosed) - View Specifications
  • ID-12LA RFID reader
  • Breakout board for the RFID Reader
  • Breakaway header, straight pin
  • RFID tag, 125 kHz, EM4001 format
  • LED
  • Jumper wires
  • Soldering station
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