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Muhammad Nabeel and Falko Dressler, "Experimental Evaluation of Receive Diversity Techniques in Distributed Sensor Networks," Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, vol. 99, pp. 102066, March 2020.


We study the need and practical performance of receive diversity techniques (both on soft-bits as well as signal samples) using selective signal sample forwarding in a distributed sensor network. Receive diversity techniques have been studied in the literature in-depth and such algorithms are massively deployed in, for example, cellular networks, where usually antennas are simply connected to a single receiver. In previous work, we transferred these ideas to ultra low-power sensor networking applications in which a ground network forms a distributed antenna array. In particular, we are developing wildlife monitoring application to study the foraging behavior of bats in their natural habitat – here, the mobile nodes are heavily energy constrained. We use receive diversity in the ground network to overcome limitations of the quite unpredictable radio channel in a forest environment. In this paper, we go one step further. We first provide a unified framework for studying receive diversity techniques in both simulation and field testing. Secondly, we show results from an extensive set of outdoor measurements complementing analytical findings as well as data from simulations and lab experiments.

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Muhammad Nabeel
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Nabeel, Muhammad and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.1016/j.adhoc.2019.102066},
    title = {{Experimental Evaluation of Receive Diversity Techniques in Distributed Sensor Networks}},
    pages = {102066},
    journal = {Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks},
    issn = {1570-8705},
    publisher = {Elsevier},
    month = {3},
    volume = {99},
    year = {2020},

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