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K. Mikhaylov et al., "Communication Performance of a Real-Life Wide-Area Low-Power Network Based on Sigfox Technology," ICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Dublin, Ireland, 2020, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/ICC40277.2020.9148645

Communication performance of a real-life wide-area low-power network based on Sigfox technology

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Author: Mikhaylov, Konstantin1,2; Stusek, Martin1; Masek, Pavel1;
Organizations: 1Department of Telecommunications, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic
2Center for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
4Unit of Electrical Engineering, Tampere University, Tampere, 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: 2020-11-03


In this paper, we study real-world performance of Sigfox, which is one of the most mature Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) technologies that operate in unlicensed frequency bands. During an extensive measurement campaign conducted over three months in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, we assessed the communication performance and the radio channel properties in 311 different test locations. We observed that despite the challenging natural landscape and urban environment of the test area, more than 94% of the packets sent were received successfully, with at least one packet delivered from 297 out of 311 tested locations. Our results also reported experiment-based radio channel and signal-to-noise characterization as well as provided insights into the efficiency of two crucial mechanisms used by Sigfox to improve the packet delivery — packet repetition and multi-gateway reception. Finally, we employed our experimental data to understand the efficiency of two non-fingerprint localization methods based on received signal strength indicator in a practical Sigfox network.

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Series: IEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN: 1550-3607
ISSN-E: 1938-1883
ISSN-L: 1550-3607
ISBN: 978-1-7281-5089-5
ISBN Print: 978-1-7281-5090-1
Pages: 1 - 6
DOI: 10.1109/ICC40277.2020.9148645
Host publication: ICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
Conference: IEEE International Conference on Communications
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: For this research, the infrastructure of the SIX Center was used. This paper is based upon the support of international mobility project MeMoV, No. CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16 027/00083710 funded by European Union, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic, and Brno, University of Technology. The work of K. Mikhaylov has been supported by the Academy of Finland 6G Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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