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Measurement Analysis and Channel Modeling for TOA-Based Ranging in Tunnels
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Communication Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
University of Gävle, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, ISSN 1536-1276, E-ISSN 1558-2248, Vol. 14, no 1, 456-467 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A robust and accurate positioning solution is required to increase the safety in GPS-denied environments. Although there is a lot of available research in this area, little has been done for confined environments such as tunnels. Therefore, we organized a measurement campaign in a basement tunnel of Linköping university, in which we obtained ultra-wideband (UWB) complex impulse responses for line-of-sight (LOS), and three non-LOS (NLOS) scenarios. This paper is focused on time-of-arrival (TOA) ranging since this technique can provide the most accurate range estimates, which are required for range-based positioning. We describe the measurement setup and procedure, select the threshold for TOA estimation, analyze the channel propagation parameters obtained from the power delay profile (PDP), and provide statistical model for ranging. According to our results, the rise-time should be used for NLOS identification, and the maximum excess delay should be used for NLOS error mitigation. However, the NLOS condition cannot be perfectly determined, so the distance likelihood has to be represented in a Gaussian mixture form. We also compared these results with measurements from a mine tunnel, and found a similar behavior.

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2015. Vol. 14, no 1, 456-467 p.
Keyword [en]
tunnels, channel modeling, time of arrival, ultra-wideband, impulse response, ranging, positioning
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Communication Systems Signal Processing
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113308DOI: 10.1109/TWC.2014.2350493ISI: 000349675400037OAI: diva2:781137
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

he work was supported by the project Cooperative Localization (CoopLoc), funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). The associate editor coordinating the review of this paper and approving it for publication was A. Zajic.

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