Off-body UWB Channel Characterisation within a Hospital Ward Environment

P Catherwood, W Scanlon

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Received signal strength measurements and delay statistics are presented for both a stationary and mobile user equipped with a wearable UWB radio transmitter within a hospital environment. The measurements were made for both waist and chest mounted antennas using RF-over-fibre technology to eliminate any spurious electromagnetic scattering effects associated with metallic co-axial cables. The results show that received signal strength values were dependent on whether transmit and receive antennas had lineof sight and were also affected by body-shadowing and antenna-body position. For mobile conditions, received signal strength tended to be lognormally distributed with non line of sight links having significantly lower mean values. Excess time delay results for mobile user tests were best described by the Weibull distribution. Overall, the results favoured the chest mounted antenna position, with higher mean signal levels, reduced mean excess delay and less difference between line of sight and non line of sight channels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-272
JournalInternational Journal of Ultra Wideband Communications and Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 31 Jul 2010

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