Connectivity and coverage in machine-type communications

Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, Theodoros Zygiridis, Antonios Sarigiannidis, Thomas D. Lagkas, Mohammad Obaidat, Nikolaos Kantartzis
2017 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)  
Machine-type communication (MTC) provides a potential playground for deploying machine-to-machine (M2M), IP-enabled 'things' and wireless sensor networks (WSNs) that support modern, added-value services and applications. 4G/5G technology can facilitate the connectivity and the coverage of the MTC entities and elements by providing M2M-enabled gateways and base stations for carrying traffic streams to/from the backbone network. For example, the latest releases of longterm evolution (LTE) such as
more » ... LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) are being transformed to support the migration of M2M devices. MTCoriented technical definitions and requirements are defined to support the emerging M2M proliferation. ETSI describes three types of MTC access methods, namely a) the direct access, b) the gateway access and c) the coordinator access. This work is focused on studying coverage aspects when a gateway access takes place. A deployment planar field is considered where a number of M2M devices are randomly deployed, e.g., a hospital where body sensor networks form a M2M infrastructure. An analytical framework is devised that computes the average number of connected M2M devices when a M2C gateway is randomly placed for supporting connectivity access to the M2M devices. The introduced analytical framework is verified by simulation and numerical results.
doi:10.1109/icc.2017.7996897 dblp:conf/icc/SarigiannidisZS17 fatcat:oam4qgeswjg7xcswk3ocwm7qpu