Wireless Positioning and Location Technologies

Instructor: Alan Bensky

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EST

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Course Description

Where am I? Where are you? These are arguably the most frequently asked questions that cellular subscribers expect answers to as an adjunct to the basic communication function of their handsets. Location based services are featured in widely used applications in cellular communication – emergency services, weather forecast delivery, social networking, targeted advertising, navigation, are just a few. Not only cellular -- positioning/location technologies are dominant in virtually all wireless network deployments for a myriad of commercial, industrial, governmental and military uses.

This one day course will give you a firm introduction to the how and the why of wireless positioning. In it, you will learn about the E911 emergency calling rules and compliance methods, the fundamentals of GPS and other satellite navigation systems, time of arrival and time difference of arrival techniques, signal strength methods and angle of arrival location. In addition to cellular, the course discusses positioning issues within important short-range network environments and implementations, including WLAN (Wi-Fi), WPAN, and UWB. Finally, we will attempt to predict the directions that positioning and location technologies will be going to in the future.

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Who Should Attend

Principles, practices and applications of wireless position estimation techniques are covered in this course, rendering it invaluable to all those managing, planning, designing and deploying location awareness projects. It will also serve people responsible for developing products containing positioning features for general purposes and those supporting first responders and homeland security operations. Participants in the sister ComSoc course "Advanced Topics in Wireless Positioning", who take this course, will further their knowledge of positioning in short-range networks, including ultra-wideband, and can gain from a more thorough coverage of positioning basics. Although there are no specific prerequisites, for maximum benefit, familiarity with wireless principles and undergraduate engineering mathematics is helpful.


Wireless Positioning and Location Technologies

Alan Bensky

MScEE, IEEE WCP, Electronics Engineering Consultant

Alan Bensky is an electronics engineering consultant with over 30 years of experience in analog and digital design, management, and marketing. Specializing in wireless circuits and systems, Alan has carried out projects for varied military and consumer applications and led the development of three patents on wireless distance measurement. Alan has taught electrical engineering courses and lectures on radio engineering topics and is the author of two books: Short-range Wireless Communication, Second Edition, published by Elsevier in 2004, and Wireless Positioning Technologies and Applications, Second Edition, Artech House, 2016. In addition, he is a contributing author to five other books dealing with wireless communication. Alan Bensky holds degrees of B.E.E and B.A. from Union College, Schenectady, New York, and M.Sc.E.E. from the Technion in Haifa, Israel. He is a senior member of IEEE and an IEEE certified Wireless Communications Professional.

Learning Objectives

Gain an understanding of:

  • the physical and geometrical properties of location technologies
  • FCC E911 requirements, how they provided the impetus for the development of location awareness and LBS (location based services) applications in cellular terminals, and the various methods of compliance
  • the basics of GPS positioning, its limitations and accuracy
  • path loss and statistical received signal strength location methods, their advantages and limitations
  • why AOA (angle of arrival) location technology is likely to gain prominence in the near future
  • how location awareness is specified for cellular networks, including LTE and LTE advanced
  • positioning technologies in non-cellular networks – WLAN, WPAN, RFID, and UWB

Course Content

1. Introduction
a) location awareness
b) survey of applications
c) historical perspective

2. Positioning principles
a) positioning terms and parameters
b) wireless parameters affecting distance measuring
c) physical methods

3. GPS
a) introduction, components and deployment
b) receiver and signals
c) spread spectrum timing, pseudorange
d) location example
e) sources of error
f) GNSS, enhancements and improvements

4. Location implementation in cellular networks
a) emergency dialing: FCC E911, European E112
b) network based and handset based location methods
c) location based services
d) technologies

5. Positioning in short-range networks
c) UWB

6. Future trends and summary

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 15 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Untis for participating.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.


Course Agenda

The course will begin at 9am EST.  A short 10-15 minute break will be provided during the first and second half of the day's sessions.  At approximately 12:00pm EST, the course will take about an hour long break after which the second half of the day's course will begin.

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