Indoor wireless communication system performance enhancement via environmental modification

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Kevin Sowerby en
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Michael Neve en Lee, Derek C. K. en 2007-08-20T02:31:35Z en 2007-08-20T02:31:35Z en 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Electrical and Electronic Engineering)--University of Auckland, 2007. en
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dc.description.abstract High capacity wireless communication systems require efficient reuse of the available frequency spectrum. Frequency reuse in buildings can be enhanced by modifying the environment. However, the potential benefits of environmental modification need to be evaluated systematically to justify the related costs. This thesis reports the methods, the deployment strategies and the resulting system performance improvement of in-building environmental modification. In the investigation, coordinated deployment of a wireless communication system with multiple base stations is considered in several single-floor office environments. The base stations, each servicing a cell, are assumed to operate at the same set of frequencies thus adjacent interference results. Two modification methods, namely, metal reflectors and metal shields, are considered to enhance desired signals and mitigate adjacent interference, respectively. Significant impact of both methods on the propagation channel is experimentally observed. The potential benefits of deploying structural shielding to control interference are considered. The levels of adjacent interference are estimated for different shielding strategies by an experimentally-validated ray-model, and the outage probabilities are computed with an interference-limited DS-CDMA system model. Deployment of structural shielding is shown to be most effective in drywall-partitioned environments and when the operating frequency is in the vicinity of 5 GHz. The average outage probability is shown to be reduced by approximately 94% and 90% at 1.8 GHz and 5.24 GHz, respectively, for a drywall-partitioned office environment after shielding 14% of the internal wall length. In open plan offices, the effectiveness of structural shielding is observed to diminish as the partition height reduces. Alternatively, considerable interference control is shown to be achieved by highly-reflective reflectors installed on the ceiling above the base stations. In the presence of a significant centrally-located environmental obstacle, the cost effectiveness of structural shielding deployment is shown to increase as the obstacle acts as an effective interference attenuator. If frequency selective surfaces (FSSs) are used instead of metal shields, a good shielding performance is shown to be achievable as long as the FSS stopband attenuation is maintained at above 20 dB for incident angles smaller than 50 degrees. en
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dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1732951 en
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dc.title Indoor wireless communication system performance enhancement via environmental modification en
dc.type Thesis en Electrical and Electronic Engineering en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
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pubs.local.anzsrc 0906 - Electrical and Electronic Engineering en Faculty of Engineering en

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