Tracking of Wideband Multipath Components in a Vehicular Communication Scenario

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A detailed understanding of the dynamic processes of vehicular radio channels is crucial for its realistic modeling. In this paper, we present multipath components (MPCs) tracking results from a channel sounder measurement with 1-GHz bandwidth at a carrier frequency of 5.7 GHz. We describe in detail the applied algorithms and perform a tracking performance evaluation based on artificial channels and on measurement data from a tunnel scenario. The tracking performance of the proposed algorithm is comparable to the tracking performance of the state-of-the-art Gaussian mixture probability hypothesis density filter but with a significantly lower complexity. The fluctuation of the measured channel gain is followed very well by the proposed tracking algorithm, with a power loss of only 2.5 dB. We present statistical distributions for the number of MPCs and the birth/death rate. The applied algorithms and tracking results can be used to enhance the development of geometry-based channel models.


External organisations
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • University of Southern California
  • Technical University of Berlin
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Communication Systems


  • Vehicular and wireless technologies, Radio propagation, Multipath channels, Channel models, Intelligent transportation systems
Original languageEnglish
Article number7422815
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch

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