Performance assessment of terrestrial and satellite based position location systems

B Allen, Peter Karlsson, D Kothris, MA Beach

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The ability to support position location within wireless networks provides network operators with additional value added services, as well as users with a host of new applications. This includes navigation, localisation based services, network management and security applications. With the forthcoming roll-out of 3rd generation wireless networks there is the need to assess the performance of techniques that support position location, when utilising WCDMA as the multiple access technique. This paper presents promising results obtained from a previous performance evaluation of geo-location techniques, focused on 3rd generation cellular networks. The study is built on a measurement campaign in the Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) band that took place in the `heavy urban' environment of Bristol, UK. A terrestrial and a Global Positioning System (GPS) based case study are investigated
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond International Conference on 3G Mobile Communication Technologies, 2001
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Pages211 - 215
ISBN (Print)0852967314
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001

Bibliographical note

Sponsorship: Thanks are due to HEFCE for funding under JREI ’98 supporting the procurement of the MEDAV RUSK sounder, as well as Allgon Systems AB for the antenna array. The authors would also like to express their sincere thanks to Dr Philip Mattos for his assistance with the GPS measurements

Other identifier: IEE Conf. Publ. No. 477


  • broadband networks
  • code division multiple access
  • cellular radio
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)


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