LTE receiver design and multipath analysis for navigation in urban environments

Kimia Shamaei and Zaher M. Kassas

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Abstract: Mitigating multipath of cellular long-term evolution (LTE) signals for robust positioning in urban environments is considered. A computationally efficient receiver, which uses a phase-locked loop (PLL)–aided delay-locked loop (DLL) to track the received LTE signals, is presented. The PLL-aided DLL uses orthogonal frequency division-multiplexing (OFDM)–based discriminator functions to estimate and track the time-of-arrival. The code phase and carrier phase performances in an additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel are evaluated numerically. The effects of multipath on the code phase and carrier phase are analyzed, demonstrating robust multipath mitigation for high transmission LTE bandwidths. The average of the DLL discriminator functions over multiple LTE symbols is presented to reduce the pseudorange error. The proposed receiver is evaluated on a ground vehicle in an urban environment. Experimental results show a root mean square error (RMSE) of 3.17 m, a standard deviation of 1.06 m, and a maximum error of 6.58 m between the proposed LTE receiver and the GPS navigation solution over a 1.44 km trajectory. The accuracy of the obtained pseudoranges with the proposed receiver is compared against two algorithms: estimation of signal parameters by rotational invariance techniques (ESPRIT) and EKAT (ESPRIT and Kalman filter).
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 65, Number 4
Pages: 655 - 675
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