Efficient OOK/DS-CDMA detection threshold selection

Dimitrios Katselis, Carlo Fischione, Hakan Hjalmarsson

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A major constraint in deployments of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) is the energy consumption related to the battery lifetime of the network nodes. To this end, power efficient digital modulation techniques such as On-Off keying (OOK) are highly attractive. However, the OOK detection thresholds, namely the thresholds against which the received signals are compared to detect which bit is transmitted, must be carefully selected to minimize the bit error rate. This is challenging to accomplish in resource-limited nodes with constrained computational capabilities. In this paper, the system scenario considers simultaneously transmitting nodes in Rayleigh fading conditions. Various iterative algorithms to numerically select the detection thresholds are established. Convergence analysis accompanies these algorithms. Numerical simulations are provided to support the derived results and to compare the proposed algorithms. It is concluded that OOK modulation is beneficial in resource constrained WSNs provided that efficient optimization algorithms are employed for the threshold selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 American Control Conference, ACC 2013
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 11 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 1st American Control Conference, ACC 2013 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2013Jun 19 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2013 1st American Control Conference, ACC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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