University of Oulu

K. Mikhaylov, J. Petäjäjärvi, J. Haapola and A. Pouttu, "D2D communications in LoRaWAN Low Power Wide Area Network: From idea to empirical validation," 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops), Paris, 2017, pp. 737-742. doi: 10.1109/ICCW.2017.7962746

D2D communications in LoRaWAN Low Power Wide Area Network : from idea to empirical validation

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Author: Mikhaylov, Konstantin1; Petäjäjärvi, Juha1; Haapola, Jussi1;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, P.O. BOX 4500, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-08-15


In this paper we advocate the use of device-to-device (D2D) communications in a LoRaWAN Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). After overviewing the critical features of the LoRaWAN technology, we discuss the pros and cons of enabling the D2D communications for it. Subsequently we propose a network-assisted D2D communications protocol and show its feasibility by implementing it on top of a LoRaWAN-certified commercial transceiver. The conducted experiments show the performance of the proposed D2D communications protocol and enable us to assess its performance. More precisely, we show that the D2D communications can reduce the time and energy for data transfer by 6 to 20 times compared to conventional LoRaWAN data transfer mechanisms. In addition, the use of D2D communications may have a positive effect on the network by enabling spatial re-use of the frequency resources. The proposed LoRaWAN D2D communications can be used for a wide variety of applications requiring high coverage, e.g. use cases in distributed smart grid deployments for management and trading.

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Series: IEEE/CIC International Conference on Communications in China - Workshops
ISSN: 2474-9133
ISSN-E: 2474-9141
ISSN-L: 2474-9133
ISBN: 978-1-5090-1525-2
Pages: 737 - 742
DOI: 10.1109/ICCW.2017.7962746
Host publication: 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops)
Host publication editor: Jamalipour, Abbas
Papadias, Constantinos
Conference: IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This paper describes work undertaken in the context of the P2P-SMARTEST project, Peer to Peer Smart Energy Distribution Networks (, an Innovation Action funded by the H2020 Programme, contract number 646469.
EU Grant Number: (646469) P2P-SmarTest - Peer to Peer Smart Energy Distribution Networks (P2P-SmartTest)
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