Experimental Study of UWB Connectivity in Industrial Environments

Conference: European Wireless 2018 - 24th European Wireless Conference
05/02/2018 - 05/04/2018 at Catania, Italy

Proceedings: European Wireless 2018

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Schmidt, Jorge F.; Bettstetter, Christian (Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems, University of Klagenfurt, Austria & Lakeside Labs GmbH, Klagenfurt, Austria)
Neuhold, Daniel (Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems, University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
Klaue, Jirka (Airbus, Hamburg, Germany)
Schupke, Dominic (Airbus, Munich, Germany)

Experimental results on the connectivity of IEEE 802.15.4-2011 ultra-wideband (UWB) devices are presented in two industrial scenarios: a large-size aircraft assembly hangar and a medium-size production hall. These measurements are the first ones reported for off-the-shelf UWB devices in such setting and shed light on the potential of UWB to support emerging industrial applications. By comparing the packet loss rate to well-established ZigBee devices, we show that UWB can largely reduce the need of relay nodes, contributing to a lower end-to-end latency. We argue that this, together with inherent features that are not easy to replicate by other physical layers, position UWB as a promising industrial communications technology.