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R. Mozny, M. Stusek, P. Masek, K. Mikhaylov and J. Hosek, "Unifying Multi-Radio Communication Technologies to Enable mMTC Applications in B5G Networks," 2020 2nd 6G Wireless Summit (6G SUMMIT), Levi, Finland, 2020, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1109/6GSUMMIT49458.2020.9083791

Unifying multi-radio communication technologies to enable mMTC applications in B5G networks

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Author: Mozny, Radek1; Stusek, Martin1; Masek, Pavel1;
Organizations: 1Department of Telecommunications, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic
2Center for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-05-15


Even though the wireless communication technologies have evolved significantly in the last decade, the performance requirements of versatile massive Machine-Type Communication (mMTC) use-cases grow at even faster pace. For this reason, the challenge of providing energy-efficient, reliable, secure, and variable devices with ubiquitous connectivity cannot be addressed by any single Radio Access Technology (RAT) available today. Therefore, the concept of multi-RAT devices in the context of next-generation communication technologies (5G and beyond 5G (B5G)) comes into play. In this paper, we investigate the utility of multi-RAT IoT connectivity in practice with respect to a Smart City scenario, in which the location of public transport vehicles e.g., trams and buses is tracked and reported by a device equipped with two Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) technologies i.e., Narrowband IoT (3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)) and LoRaWAN (non-3GPP). Both technologies got matured and have shown their momentum in the recent years, and are expected to play the key role also in the future. We first detail the constructed multi-RAT prototype and then report the initial results of its evaluation in a pilot deployment in the city of Brno, Czech Republic. The obtained results illustratively confirm the feasibility of joint usage of two diverse LPWAN RATs while their combination brings higher flexibility, reliability, and improve the overall Quality of Service (QoS) to wireless connectivity.

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ISBN: 978-1-7281-6047-4
ISBN Print: 978-1-7281-6048-1
Pages: 1 - 5
DOI: 10.1109/6GSUMMIT49458.2020.9083791
Host publication: 2020 2nd 6G Wireless Summit (6G SUMMIT)
Conference: 6G Wireless Summit
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: For the research, the infrastructure of the SIX Center was used. The work of K. Mikhaylov has been supported by Academy of Finland 6G Flagship (grant 318927). The described research was financed by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic project No. TN01000007.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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