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Sensors 2017, 17(8), 1903;

LoRa Mobile-To-Base-Station Channel Characterization in the Antarctic

Department of Information Technology, Ghent University/imec, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 15, 9052 Gent, Belgium
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Received: 12 July 2017 / Revised: 13 August 2017 / Accepted: 16 August 2017 / Published: 18 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Antarctic conditions demand that wireless sensor nodes are operational all year round and that they provide a large communication range of several tens of kilometers. LoRa technology operating in sub-GHz frequency bands implements these wireless links with minimal power consumption. The employed chirp spread spectrum modulation provides a large link budget, combined with the excellent radio-wave propagation characteristics in these bands. In this paper, an experimental wireless link from a mobile vehicle which transmits sensor data to a base station is measured and analyzed in terms of signal-to-noise ratio and packet loss. These measurements confirm the usefulness of LoRa technology for wireless sensor systems in polar regions. By deploying directional antennas at the base station, a range of up to 30 km is covered in case of Line-of-Sight radio propagation in both the 434 and 868 MHz bands. Varying terrain elevation is shown to be the dominating factor influencing the propagation, sometimes causing the Line-of-Sight path to be obstructed. Tropospheric radio propagation effects were not apparent in the measurements. View Full-Text
Keywords: LoRa; antenna; propagation; measurement; Antarctic LoRa; antenna; propagation; measurement; Antarctic

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Gaelens, J.; Van Torre, P.; Verhaevert, J.; Rogier, H. LoRa Mobile-To-Base-Station Channel Characterization in the Antarctic. Sensors 2017, 17, 1903.

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