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Interactive computation of coverage regions for indoor wireless communication
Author(s): A. Lynn Abbott; Nitin Bhat; Theodore S. Rappaport
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a system which assists in the strategic placement of rf base stations within buildings. Known as the site modeling tool (SMT), this system allows the user to display graphical floor plans and to select base station transceiver parameters, including location and orientation, interactively. The system then computes and highlights estimated coverage regions for each transceiver, enabling the user to assess the total coverage within the building. For single-floor operation, the user can choose between distance-dependent and partition- dependent path-loss models. Similar path-loss models are also available for the case of multiple floors. This paper describes the method used by the system to estimate coverage for both directional and omnidirectional antennas. The site modeling tool is intended to be simple to use by individuals who are not experts at wireless communication system design, and is expected to be very useful in the specification of indoor wireless systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2601, Wireless Data Transmission, (8 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228139
Show Author Affiliations
A. Lynn Abbott, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Nitin Bhat, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Theodore S. Rappaport, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2601:
Wireless Data Transmission
Robert C. Dixon; Modest M. Oprysko, Editor(s)

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