A Study on Possibility of Detecting IEEE802.15.4a Signals for Spectrum Sharing

Tetsushi IKEGAMI

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E91-A    No.11    pp.3201-3205
Publication Date: 2008/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e91-a.11.3201
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on Wideband Systems)
UWB,  IEEE802.15.4a,  signal detection,  

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In March, 2007, IEEE802.15.4a was standardized as a low-rate and low-power UWB system for sensor networks. In general, detection of the IEEE802.15.4a signal is considered to be difficult because of its low transmitting power density and low duty cycle. However, if detecting of the IEEE802.15.4a signal is available, it is possible to avoid interference issues both among the IEEE802.15.4a systems and between the 15.4a and other UWB systems. This letter proposes a simple detection method using non-coherent detectors. The possibility of detecting of the IEEE802.15.4a signal by proposal detection method was examined. By conducting experiments with an emulated 15.4a RF signal, the signal detection probability was examined, and 15.4a signal from the range of about 11 meters in the radius could be detected. From this observation, the CSMA/CA method with detecting the signal in 15.4a system may be applied for alternative access method for 15.4a systems.