Channel Capacity of Short-Range Ultrasonic Communications in Air

Gustaw Stanisław Mazurek


The use of ultrasound in air as a means of digital communications has been demonstrated in recent years. Due to electromagnetic compatibility, privacy and security issues, this kind of transmission fits the requirements of many medical applications, body-area networks and general wireless short-range systems, where the transmission takes place in a single room with the distance up to 10 m. In the literature, different models of airborne ultrasound transmission have been investigated, but not supported by discussion of the channel theoretical capacity. On the other hand, knowledge of this measure is essential in the design of an efficient communication link and allows identifying its potential areas of applications. In this paper we calculate estimates of the Shannon limit for five different configurations of airborne ultrasound digital communication channels. Our evaluation is based on the numerical results available in the literature. The obtained estimates show that in case of systems with multichannel transmission and higher-order modulation schemes, the achieved data rates are closest to theoretical boundaries, but still further work is needed in order to achieve more efficient data transmission in airborne ultrasound communication channels.
Author Gustaw Stanisław Mazurek ISE
Gustaw Stanisław Mazurek,,
- The Institute of Electronic Systems
Journal seriesIEEE Communications Letters, ISSN 1089-7798
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishAir-coupled ultrasound, digital communication, Shannon limit, channel capacity
projectResearch on measurement, circuit and signal theory and electronic circuits and systems. Project leader: Starecki Tomasz, , Phone: +48 22 825 37 09; 22 234 7744; +48 22 234 3657, start date 12-05-2016, end date 31-12-2017, ISE/2016/DS, Completed
WEiTI Działalność statutowa
Languageen angielski
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ScoreMinisterial score = 25.0, 03-11-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 30.0, 03-11-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.988 (2) - 2016=2.081 (5)
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