Characterizing the UAV-to-Machine UWB Radio Channel in Smart Factories

Vasilii Semkin (Corresponding Author), Enrico Maria Vitucci, Franco Fuschini, Marina Barbiroli, Vittorio Degli-Esposti, Claude Oestges

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Abstract

In this work, the results of Ultra-Wideband air-to-ground measurements carried out in a real-world factory environment are presented and discussed. With intelligent industrial deployments in mind, we envision a scenario where the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle can be used as a supplementary tool for factory operation, optimization and control. Measurements address narrow band and wide band characterization of the wireless radio channel, and can be used for link budget calculation, interference studies and time dispersion assessment in real factories, without the usual limitation for both radio terminals to be close to ground. The measurements are performed at different locations and different heights over the 3.1-5.3 GHz band. Some fundamental propagation parameters values are determined vs. distance, height and propagation conditions. The measurements are complemented with, and compared to, conventional ground-to-ground measurements with the same setup. The conducted measurement campaign gives an insight for realizing wireless applications in smart connected factories, including UAV-assisted applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76542-76550
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Access
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • automation
  • conscious factory
  • RF channel measurements
  • smart factory
  • UAV
  • UWB radio propagation

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