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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Extended Kalman Filter Channel Estimation for Line-of-Sight Detection in WCDMA Mobile Positioning

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EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20032003:514932

  • Received: 21 October 2002
  • Published:


In mobile positioning, it is very important to estimate correctly the delay between the transmitter and the receiver. When the receiver is in line-of-sight (LOS) condition with the transmitter, the computation of the mobile position in two dimensions becomes straightforward. In this paper, the problem of LOS detection in WCDMA for mobile positioning is considered, together with joint estimation of the delays and channel coefficients. These are very challenging topics in multipath fading channels because LOS component is not always present, and when it is present, it might be severely affected by interfering paths spaced at less than one chip distance (closely spaced paths). The extended Kalman filter (EKF) is used to estimate jointly the delays and complex channel coefficients. The decision whether the LOS component is present or not is based on statistical tests to determine the distribution of the channel coefficient corresponding to the first path. The statistical test-based techniques are practical, simple, and of low computation complexity, which is suitable for WCDMA receivers. These techniques can provide an accurate decision whether LOS component is present or not.


  • extended Kalman filter
  • fading statistics
  • LOS detection
  • mobile positioning
  • WCDMA systems

Authors’ Affiliations

Institute of Communications Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 553, Tampere, 33101, Finland
Etisalat College of Engineering, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, P.O. Box 980, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates