Monostatic Backscatter Communication in Urban Microcellular Environment Using Cellular Networks

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Backscatter communication offers a reliable and energy-efficient alternative to conventional radio systems. With the additional capability of wireless power transmission, the backscatter tags can work in a completely battery-less manner. Due to these exciting features, the researchers from academia and industry are extensively investigating its utility as an enabler of massive Internet of Things (IoT) networks. However, before reaping the benefits of ambient backscatter communications, it is necessary to evaluate its feasibility and operability for large scale networks. To do so, this research paper provides an empirical study of the real city wide deployment of monostatic wireless powered backscatter tags in Helsinki region. The coverage and outage performance has been assessed for both indoor and outdoor conditions using a sophisticated 3D ray tracing simulations. Whereby, the indoor scenario consists of several story buildings with low and high loss materials. Moreover, an indepth evaluation of energy shortage at backscatter tags has also been provided which sheds the light on the importance of wireless power transmission for such networks. The results provided here would be helpful in upscaling the practical deployment of backscatter tags.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2020 - Proceedings
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728131061
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 25 May 202028 May 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
ISSN (Print)1525-3511
ISSN (Electronic)1558-2612


ConferenceIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
Abbreviated titleWCNC
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Backscatter communications
  • Energy shortage
  • Internet-of-thing (IoT)
  • Wireless power transmission


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