Site-Specific Propagation Prediction for Wireless In-Building Personal Communication System Design

Scott Y. Seidel, Theodore S. Rappaport

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This paper describes a geometrical optics based model to predict propagation within buildings for Personal Communication System (PCS) design. A ray tracing model for predicting propagation based on a building blueprint representation is presented for a transmitter and receiver located on the same floor inside a building. Measured and predicted propagation data are presented as power delay profiles that contain the amplitude and arrival time of individual multipath components. Measured and predicted power delay profiles are compared on a location-by-location basis to provide both a qualitative and a quantitative measure of the model accuracy. The concept of effective building material properties is developed, and the effective building material properties are derived for two dissimilar buildings based upon comparison of measured and predicted power delay profiles. Time delay comparison shows that the amplitudes of many significant multipath components are accurately predicted by this model. Path loss between a transmitter and receiver is predicted with a standard deviation of less than 5 dB over 45 locations in two different buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-891
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Automotive Engineering


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