Channel Characterisation for Wearable LoRaWAN Monitors

Philip Catherwood, Stephen McComb, Michael Little, James McLaughlin

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This paper presents the results of a campaign to investigate the empirical characterisation and mathematic modelling of the radio channel for a body-centric LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) transceiver for various operating distances across various environments including urban, suburban, and rural. The radio channel for a wearable LoRa transceiver device was explored, as well as anechoic measurements to understand body-shadowing effects. Results indicate that the best fit model for all recorded received signal strength measurements (using the Akaike information criterion to fit) is the Nakagami distribution with mu = 0.52 and Ω = 662.13. Anechoic measurements indicated typical additional effects regarding the orientation of the user with respect to the gateway location. This work highlights LoRaWAN as a credible wearable wireless technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Number of pages4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Jul 2017
EventLoughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference (LAPC) - Loughborough
Duration: 12 Jul 2017 → …


ConferenceLoughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference (LAPC)
Period12/07/17 → …


  • Internet of Things
  • Healthcare
  • LoRaWAN
  • Propagation
  • wearables.

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    Catherwood, P., McComb, S., Little, M., & McLaughlin, J. (Accepted/In press). Channel Characterisation for Wearable LoRaWAN Monitors. In Unknown Host Publication Institution of Engineering and Technology.