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Channel Characterization and Robust Tracking for Diversity Reception over Time-Variant Off-Body Wireless Communication Channels

  • Patrick Van Torre1, 3Email author,
  • Luigi Vallozzi1,
  • Hendrik Rogier1,
  • Marc Moeneclaey2 and
  • Jo Verhaevert3
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20102010:978085

Received: 29 January 2010

Accepted: 5 July 2010

Published: 20 July 2010


In the 2.45 GHz band, indoor wireless off-body data communication by a moving person can be problematic due to time-variant signal fading and the consequent variation in channel parameters. Off-body communication specifically suffers from the combined effects of fading, shadowing, and path loss due to time-variant multipath propagation in combination with shadowing by the human body. Measurements are performed to analyze the autocorrelation, coherence time, and power spectral density for a person equipped with a wearable receive system moving at different speeds for different configurations and antenna positions. Diversity reception with multiple textile antennas integrated in the clothing provides a means of improving the reliability of the link. For the dynamic channel estimation, a scheme using hard decision feedback after MRC with adaptive low-pass filtering is demonstrated to be successful in providing robust data detection for long data bursts, in the presence of dramatic channel variation.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Information Technology Department (INTEC), Ghent University
Department of Telecommunications and Information Processing (TELIN), Ghent University
Hogeschool Gent, INWE Department


© Patrick Van Torre et al. 2010

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