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Capacity of broadband body-to-body channels between firefighters wearing textile SIW antennas

Thijs Castel (UGent) , Patrick Van Torre (UGent) , Luigi Vallozzi (UGent) , Marina Marinova, Sam Lemey (UGent) , Wout Joseph (UGent) , Claude Oestges and Hendrik Rogier (UGent)
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Reliable, high-data rate indoor communication is essential to transfer crucial information between firefighters for improving their safety and decreasing the number of casualties caused by indoor fires. Since electronic monitoring systems, including antennas implemented inside the firefighter jacket, should provide high data rates, communication over a wideband channel is required. We study an 80-MHz-wide body-to-body channel at 3.6 GHz between two firefighters of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) performing the primary search for victims, by static and dynamic channel sounder measurements. Two ultra-wideband (UWB) substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) cavity-backed slot textile antennas were unobtrusively deployed in the front and the back sections of the firefighters' jackets, providing up to 2 x 2 MIMO communication. We calculate the achievable single-input single-output (SISO)-, single-input multiple-output (SIMO)-, multiple-input single-output (MISO)-, and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO)-orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) capacities for realistic indoor broadband body-to-body communication channels between two firefighters. Furthermore, we analyze implementations of one-dimensional (1-D) spatial waterfilling and two-dimensional (2-D) space-frequency waterfilling, studying their ability to further enhance transmission of live sensor data, pictures or videos between mobile firefighters.
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multiple-input multiple-output-orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (MIMO-FDM), spatial and space-frequency waterfilling, Body-to-body communication, DIVERSITY, SYSTEMS, INDOOR, 2.45 GHZ, PATH LOSS, MIMO-OFDM, AREA NETWORKS, PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS, RADIO CHANNEL, COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

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Chicago
Castel, Thijs, Patrick Van Torre, Luigi Vallozzi, Marina Marinova, Sam Lemey, Wout Joseph, Claude Oestges, and Hendrik Rogier. 2016. “Capacity of Broadband Body-to-body Channels Between Firefighters Wearing Textile SIW Antennas.” Ieee Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 64 (5): 1918–1931.
APA
Castel, T., Van Torre, P., Vallozzi, L., Marinova, M., Lemey, S., Joseph, W., Oestges, C., et al. (2016). Capacity of broadband body-to-body channels between firefighters wearing textile SIW antennas. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION, 64(5), 1918–1931.
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Castel T, Van Torre P, Vallozzi L, Marinova M, Lemey S, Joseph W, et al. Capacity of broadband body-to-body channels between firefighters wearing textile SIW antennas. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION. 2016;64(5):1918–31.
MLA
Castel, Thijs, Patrick Van Torre, Luigi Vallozzi, et al. “Capacity of Broadband Body-to-body Channels Between Firefighters Wearing Textile SIW Antennas.” IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION 64.5 (2016): 1918–1931. Print.
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  abstract     = {Reliable, high-data rate indoor communication is essential to transfer crucial information between firefighters for improving their safety and decreasing the number of casualties caused by indoor fires. Since electronic monitoring systems, including antennas implemented inside the firefighter jacket, should provide high data rates, communication over a wideband channel is required. We study an 80-MHz-wide body-to-body channel at 3.6 GHz between two firefighters of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) performing the primary search for victims, by static and dynamic channel sounder measurements. Two ultra-wideband (UWB) substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) cavity-backed slot textile antennas were unobtrusively deployed in the front and the back sections of the firefighters' jackets, providing up to 2 x 2 MIMO communication. We calculate the achievable single-input single-output (SISO)-, single-input multiple-output (SIMO)-, multiple-input single-output (MISO)-, and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO)-orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) capacities for realistic indoor broadband body-to-body communication channels between two firefighters. Furthermore, we analyze implementations of one-dimensional (1-D) spatial waterfilling and two-dimensional (2-D) space-frequency waterfilling, studying their ability to further enhance transmission of live sensor data, pictures or videos between mobile firefighters.},
  author       = {Castel, Thijs and Van Torre, Patrick and Vallozzi, Luigi and Marinova, Marina and Lemey, Sam and Joseph, Wout and Oestges, Claude and Rogier, Hendrik},
  issn         = {0018-926X},
  journal      = {IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION},
  keyword      = {multiple-input multiple-output-orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (MIMO-FDM),spatial and space-frequency waterfilling,Body-to-body communication,DIVERSITY,SYSTEMS,INDOOR,2.45 GHZ,PATH LOSS,MIMO-OFDM,AREA NETWORKS,PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS,RADIO CHANNEL,COMMUNICATION CHANNELS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {1918--1931},
  title        = {Capacity of broadband body-to-body channels between firefighters wearing textile SIW antennas},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TAP.2016.2535488},
  volume       = {64},
  year         = {2016},
}

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