Measurements, modeling and simulation of the off-body radio channel for the implementation of bodyworn antenna diversity at 868 MHz

Simon L. Cotton, W.G. Scanlon

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    This paper presents a systematic measurement campaign of diversity reception techniques for use in multiple antenna wearable systems operating at 868 MHz. The experiments were performed using six time-synchronized bodyworn receivers and considered mobile off-body communications in an anechoic chamber, open office area and a hallway. The cross-correlation coefficient between the signal fading measured by bodyworn receivers was dependent upon the local environment and typically below 0.7. All received signal envelopes were combined in post-processing to study the potential benefits of implementing receiver diversity based upon selection combination, equal-gain and maximal-ratio combining. It is shown that, in an open office area, the 5.7 dB diversity gain obtained using a dual-branch bodyworn maximal-ratio diversity system may be further improved to 11.1 dB if a six-branch system was used. First- and second-order theoretical equations for diversity reception techniques operating in Nakagami fading conditions were used to model the postdetection combined envelopes. Maximum likelihood estimates of the Nakagami- parameter suggest that the fading conditions encountered in this study were generally less severe than Rayleigh. The paper also describes an algorithm that may be used to simulate the measured output of an -branch diversity combiner operating in independent and identically distributed Nakagami fading environments.
    Original languageUndefined
    Article number10.1109/TAP.2009.2033439
    Pages (from-to)3951-3961
    Number of pages11
    JournalIEEE transactions on antennas and propagation
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2009


    • EWI-17336
    • IR-69795
    • METIS-264507

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