Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Engineering Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Communication, Health and Science

First Advisor

Dr Stefan Lachowicz

Second Advisor

Dr Ma Zhong Ming

Abstract

This thesis discusses the findings of the final year project involving the characterisation of indoor radio channel specified by Bluetooth technology through theoretical analysis, simulations and actual measurements through field experiments. The concepts of indoor radio propagation effects and its statistical models arc explored. In addition, Bluetooth specifications are also studied and presented in Section 1. These provided a clear understanding of the radio propagation behaviour inside a building and the radio performance of Bluetooth specifications. Profound understanding of the propagation characteristics of the indoor radio channel is a major requirement for successful design of any indoor wireless communication systems. The knowledge is used here to investigate Bluetooth radio performance. Detailed characterisation of indoor radio channel is studied and presented in section 2. Path loss model and amplitude fading model are used in the theoretical analysis, simulations and field experiments have been done to characterise the indoor channel. Field experiments and its measurements were performed and recorded to verify against the simulated results. Attenuation factor of various materials were measured since it is a critical component effecting the path loss calculation. These are presented in section 3.

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