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RFID Interfacing with Arduino

stereo amplifier circuit BA5417

In this tutorial you will learn to make direct connection between your Arduino and Matlab, so that you can program your Arduino directly through Matlab. It is very useful when you are working on complex robotics like Robotic Hand, Humanoid etc. as you can process your complex program on your PC in Matlab and then directly program the results in Arduino.


Components Required

Hardware: ARDUINO UNO, power supply (5v), 100uF capacitor , buttons (two pieces), 1KΩ resistor (two pieces), EM-18(RFID reader module), LED, JHD_162ALCD (16*2LCD).

Software: arduino IDE (Arduino nightly).


Circuit Diagram and Explanation


In 16x2 LCD there are 16 pins over all if there is a back light, if there is no back light there will be 14 pins. One can power or leave the back light pins. Now in the 14 pins there are 8 data pins (7-14 or D0-D7), 2 power supply pins (1&2 or VSS&VDD or GND&+5v), 3rd pin for contrast control (VEE-controls how thick the characters should be shown) and 3 control pins (RS&RW&E).

In the circuit, you can observe that I only took two control pins as his give the flexibility of better understanding. The contrast bit and READ/WRITE are not often used so they can be shorted to ground. This puts LCD in highest contrast and read mode. We just need to control ENABLE and RS pins to send characters and data accordingly.

The connections which are done for LCD are given below:

PIN1 or VSS to ground

PIN2 or VDD or VCC to +5v power

PIN3 or VEE to ground (gives maximum contrast best for a beginner)

PIN4 or RS (Register Selection) to PIN8 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN5 or RW (Read/Write) to ground (puts LCD in read mode eases the communication for user)

PIN6 or E (Enable) to PIN9 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN11 or D4 to PIN10 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN12 or D5 to PIN11 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN13 or D6 to PIN12 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN14 or D7 to PIN13 of ARDUINO UNO


Before going to further we need to understand about the serial communication. The RFID module here sends data to the controller in serial. It has other mode of communication but for easy communication we are choosing RS232. The RS232 pin of module is connected to RXD pin of UNO.

The data sent by the RFID module goes as:

Now for setting up a connection between RFID reader and Arduino Uno, we need to enable the serial communication in UNO. The serial communication enabling in UNO can be done by using a single command.


data = Serial.read();

As shown in figure above, the communication of RFID is done by a BAUD rate of 9600 bits per second. So for UNO to establish such baud rate and to start serial communication we use command "Serial.begin(9600);". Here 9600 is the baud rate and is changeable. Now once data is received by the UNO, it will be available for taking. This data is picked up by command “data = Serial.read();”. By this command serial data is taken to ‘data’ named integer. Once a card is brought near reader, the reader reads the serial data and sends it to UNO, the UNO will be programmed to show that value in LCD, so we will have ID of card on LCD.




#include // initialize the library with the numbers of the interface pins
LiquidCrystal lcd(8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13);//RS,EN,D4,D5,D6,D7
int count = 0; //integer for storing character of ID
char input[12];//memory for storing 12 characters of ID
void setup()
// set up the LCD's number of columns and rows:
lcd.begin(16, 2);
Serial.begin(9600);//serial communication enabling by 9600 baud rate
pinMode(0,INPUT);//receive pin set as output
lcd.print("CIRCUITDIGEST");//showing name
lcd.setCursor(0, 1);//move courser to second line
void loop()
{ while(Serial.available() && count < 12) // Read 12 characters and store them in input array
input[count] = Serial.read();//storing 12 characters one by one
lcd.print(input[count]);//showing 12 characters on LCD one by one
if (count==12)
lcd.print(" ");
count = 0;// once 12 characters are read get to start and wait for second ID
lcd.setCursor(0, 1);//move courser to start.


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