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Title:
DEVICE AT TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1996/007279
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
In telecommunication systems, for instance of the type DECT, there are mobile units which move within and between the cells of the system. The new device identifies mobile units which move with a predetermined speed and the identification is performed by means of fading measurements.

Inventors:
Wickman
Johan, Olanders
Peter
Application Number:
PCT/SE1995/000846
Publication Date:
March 07, 1996
Filing Date:
July 11, 1995
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
TELIA AB WICKMAN
Johan, Olanders
Peter
International Classes:
H04W48/20; (IPC1-7): H04Q7/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO1992001950A21992-02-06
Foreign References:
US5239667A1993-08-24
GB2274228A1994-07-13
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Claims:
PATENT CLAIMS
1. Device at telecommunication system, for instance DECT, which comprises mobile units which moves within 5 and between the cells of the system, c ha r a c t er i z e d in that it is arranged to identify mobile units moving with a predetermined speed.
2. Device according to patent claim 1, o c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that the speed of respective mobile is possible to decide by means of fading measurements.
3. Device according to patent claim 1 or patent claim 2, 5 c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that the fading consists of variations of the signal strength in time and space due to interference between different propagation paths, and shadowing which can be of varying kind.
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5. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that a first fading can be experienced by respective mobile unit because the surrounding is moving, compare cars, people, swaying trees etc, at which mentioned object can act as 5 reflectors and do not need to shadow the direct ray to have an influence, which type of fading consists of background fading and shows a big variation regarding periodicity and amplitude, and can exhibit a rapid component with small amplitude, and one very slow with o varying amplitude.
6. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that, at the movement of the mobile, the receiver experiences two 5 further types of fading, one so called rapid fading which is Rayleighdistributed, which among other things implies that the average distance between two signal strength minima is a half vawelength, and slow fading which is lognormaldistributed.
7. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that mobile or base units perform signal strength measurements, which measurements are preferably performed with a fixed measuring pace/sample frequency.
8. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that the signal strength values are averaged over a short time, for instance a time which in DECT is chosen to about 100 ms, all for obtaining a short time average which represents the average.
9. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that the signal strength values are averaged over long time, for instance about one second in the case with DECT, which average is called long time average.
10. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that the fading which constitutes the basis for the speed determination consists of the difference between the short time average and the long time average.
11. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that the determination of speed is made by the distance between two consecutive passages for the fading of a certain limit value being calculated, at which the passages have the same symbols, that the limit value consists of a constant which is optimally chosen regarding vawelenght and speed interval, the limit value for DECT can consequently be chosen to minus 2 dB, a reference distance for the mentioned distance consists of a constant which is optimally chosen regarding the limit value, and that the speed = sample pace * reference distance/distance between two consecutive passages.
12. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that the speed is chosen within the range 2040 km/h or higher.
13. Device according to any of the previous patent claims, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that the measurement will be perforemd with about 2000 samples per second.
Description:
TITLE OF THE INVENTION

Device at telecommunication system.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a device at telecommunication system, for instance DECT which comprises mobile units which are moving within or between the cells of the system.

STATE OF THE TECHNOLOGY

It is in itself known to perform determinations of speed based on the Doppler effect or on a longer time of measuring of the passage of the mobile through several cells. The Doppler effect is proportional to the quotient speed of vehicle/speed of light, which at the speed of 10 ms would imply a doppler shift of 60 Hz, which is quite negligible compared with bandwidth, operating frequency and normal frequency change caused by for instance heat release in the equipment. Measuring of the passage of the mobile through several cells is a blunt instrument if there is no indication whether the portable passes the cell diametrically or peripherally. Even a comparatively slow portable can periherally pass many cells rapidly. The method also assumes that connection is established and is by that not good to use to deny connection.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

TECHNICAL PROBLEM

DECT (Digital European Cordless Telecommunications) is a pronounced small cell system, with typical cell radius of 100-500 meters at mobile applications i open environment. A user who is travelling "rapidly" through a region which is covered by several linked up DECT- cells will therefore cause many handovers (shifting of existing call from one cell to another; there are both intercell handovers and intracell handovers; it is the former which is related to here). If the number of intercell handovers becomes very large, this will load down the underlying network and cause increased signalling (to the central unit existing behind, and/or to VLR, etc) .

Even if high handover frequency is accepted, problems remain with keeping a high transmission quality at higher speeds. The problem is caused by the fact that the gain with antenna diversity is reduced at higher speeds for DECT, because diversity algorithms where only one unit has antenna diversity must perform some form of prediction with speed depending validity - at higher speeds the mobile gets time to travel as far during a time frame that the level of the Rayleigh fading will get time to change several dB. This means that one for higher speeds either must increase the fading margin, which implies a reduced cell size, or resort to coding and/or interleaving as for instance for GSM.

For this reason all public operators of DECT have an interest in sorting out those DECT portables which are moving "too rapidly" for making it possible/profitable to deal with the calls.

For an operator who operates both mobile networks and DECT-networks it is even more interesting to be able to distinguish those portables which are moving "too rapidly". If dual-mode hand units (for instance DECT + GSM) are used, the operator has a very great interest in that rapid portables are using the mobile telephone system, so that motorized mobiles which are moving rapidly do not "flow over" to DECT. The operator will of course see to it that each network is used optimally, and also that the combination of these becomes optimal.

In this connection it can be worth explaining what is meant by "rapid movement". Tests have shown that DECT- systems manage dealing with portables which are moving with speeds up to 70 km/h (in these tests there were probably not time to reach higher vehicle speeds within a DECT-covered area). It is reasonable to assume that the tests were performed so that the portable passed on the whole diametrically through the cells, in order to cause as few handovers as possible. With the assumption that the cell passages on the average are considerably more peripheral, it is reasonable to use speed limits in the range 20-40 km/h (i.e. about 10 m/s; 5-10 times walking speed). The operator shall of course have possibility to decide which limit that should be used.

As a conclusion the technical problem is that DECT- portables which are moving "too rapidly" causes a too high handover frequency with a "too large" background signalling and also risk worse transmission quality alternatively more expensive cell structure. Dual-mode hand units should also be possible to be routed into the network which best can deal with its traffic.

THE SOLUTION

hat primarily can be regarded as characteristic for a device according to the invention will be evident from the characteristic parts of the following patent claims.

ADVANTAGES

By what has ben suggested above a practically applicable device can be arranged. So have for instance measurements with 2000 samples per second been performed, which correspond to 1 DECT time-slot per sample in different milieus for different speeds. The preliminary evaluations of the measurements verify the usefulness of the invention in these contexts. The invention can be used for sorting out DECT portables which are moving with too high speed for making it interesting or profitable for the operator to establish connections with the portables. The invention is probably of greatest interest for public operators, but also operators of private networks might have the same interest. Beside mentioned field of application, the invention can be used in all types of small cells, and also in mobile telephone systems, for instance for a coarse sorting.

LIST OF FIGURES

One at present suggested embodiment of a device which shows the significant characteristics of the invention will be described below, while at the same time is referred to enclosed drawing, where

the figure shows a description of the invention in the form of a flow chart.

DETAILED EXAMPLE OF EMBODIMENT

The invention is based on the fact that the speed of the mobile is decided by means of fading measurements. Fading is made up of variations in the signal strength i time or space due to interference between different propagation paths and (varying) shadowing. A receiver always experiences a certain fading due to the fact that the surrounding is moving, for instance cars, people, swaying trees etc. The objects can act as reflectors. In other words they need not shadow the direct ray to have an influence. This type of background fading shows a big variation concerning periodicity and amplitude. Normally in suburban and urban surroundings the background fading has a rapid component with a small amplitude, and one very slow with varying amplitude.

When the receiver is moving, it furthermore experiences two types of fading:

1) Rapid fading which is Rayleigh-distributed. This implies among other things that the average distance between two signal strength minima is a half wavelenght. Rayleigh-fading has a very big amplitude variation.

2) Slow fading which is lognoπnal-distributed.

The ading measurements can be performed according to the following:

- Mobile- or base unit performs signal strength measurements. These measurements are performed with a defined measurement pace (sample frequency).

- The signal strength values are averaged over a "short" time. For DECT about 100 ms is suitable. The short time average (KMED) represents this average.

- The signal strength values are averaged over a "long" time. For DECT about 1 s is suitable. The long time average (LMED) represents this average.

The fading determination can, according to the invention, also be performed as below:

- The fading (FH), which constitutes the basis for the speed determination, consists of the difference between short time average and long time average: FH=KMED-LMED.

The speed determination according to the invention is performed as follows:

- The distance between two consecutive passages for the fading of a certain limit value (GV) shall be calculated. The passages shall have the same symbol. The distance is designated SGV.

- GV is a constant which is chosen optimally with regard to vawe lenght and speed interval. GV can for DECT for instance be chosen to -2dB.

- GVP is a constant which is chosen optimally with regard to GV. GVP can be said to express a reference distance for SGV.

The speed is calculated according to:

Speed = Sample rate * GVP/SGV.

There are several reasons for using the short time average instead of a momentary signal strength value.

In this way errors due to sparse sampling relatively the structure of the fading at moderate and high speeds are eliminated. Example: For a DECT- portable is obtained a measurement value per frame, i.e. 100 measurement values per second. At 10 m/s this corresponds to a distance of 10 cm between each measurement value. This can be compared with the average distance between two minima at Rayleigh- fading which is a half vawelenght, i.e. about 8 cm. Accordingly it will be difficult to characterize the Rayleigh-fading.

- The influence from frequency jumps is reduced. With the short time average a comparatively frequency independent fading will be used for the speed determination.

- the influence from time slot jumps will be reduced, as will the influence of antenna micro diversity, if any. On the whole the influence of background fading is eliminated.

The invention is not restricted to the above as example shown embodiment, but may be subject to modifications within the frame of the following patent claims and idea of invention.