Interference Steering to Manage Interference in IoT

Zhao Li, Yinghou Liu, Kang G. Shin, Jia Liu, Zheng Yan

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Internet of Things (IoT) is a new paradigm that involves the interconnection of thousands of devices and home appliances. Due to the scarcity of the spectrum suitable for wireless electromagnetic transmission, many communication systems and devices are close to each other, or even overlapping in spectrum, thus incurring complicated interference situations. Therefore, interference in IoT is worthy of thorough investigation and should be well addressed. There have been numerous interference management (IM) proposals at the interfering transmitter or the interfered transmitter/receiver separately or cooperatively. Moreover, the existing IM schemes rely mainly on the use of channel state information (CSI). However, in some communication scenarios, the option to adjust the interferer is not available, and, in the case of downlink transmission, it is always difficult or even impossible for the interfered receiver to acquire necessary information for IM. Based on the above observations, we first propose a novel IM technique, called interference steering (IS). By making use of both CSI with respect to and data carried in the interfering signal, IS generates a signal to modify the spatial feature of the original interference, so that the steered interference at the interfered receiver is orthogonal to its intended signal. We then apply IS to a wireless local area network (WLAN)-based IoT in which the same frequency band is reused by adjacent basic service sets (BSSs) with overlapping areas. With IS, multiple nearby access points (APs) could simultaneously transmit data on the same channel to their mobile stations (STAs), thus enhancing spectrum reuse. Our in-depth simulation results show that IS significantly improves network SE over existing IM schemes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10458-10471
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Interference
  • Receivers
  • Transmitters
  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless communication
  • Signal processing
  • Integrated circuits
  • Antenna arrays
  • costs
  • interference
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • signal processing

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