Serving IoT Communications over Cellular Networks: Challenges and Solutions in Radio Resource Management for Massive and Critical IoT Communications


Doctoral thesis by Amin Azari

KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab).

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Internet of Things (IoT) communications refer to the interconnections of smart devices, with reduced human intervention, which enable them to participate more actively in everyday life. It is expected that introduction of a scalable, energy efficient, and reliable IoT connectivity solution can bring enormous benefits to the society, especially in healthcare, wellbeing, and smart homes and industries. In the last two decades, there have been efforts in academia and industry to enable IoT connectivity over the legacy communications infrastructure. In recent years, it is becoming more and more clear that the characteristics and requirements of the IoT traffic are way different from the legacy traffic originating from existing communications services like voice and web surfing, and hence, IoT-specific communications systems and protocols have received profound attention. Until now, several revolutionary solutions, including cellular narrowband-IoT, SigFox, and LoRaWAN, have been proposed/implemented. As each of these solutions focuses on a subset of performance indicators at the cost of sacrificing the others, there is still lack of a dominant player in the market capable of delivering scalable, energy efficient, and reliable IoT connectivity. The present work is devoted to characterizing state-of-the-art technologies for enabling large-scale IoT connectivity, their limitations, and our contributions in performance assessment and enhancement for them. Especially, we focus on grant-free radio access and investigate its applications in supporting massive and critical IoT communications. The main contributions presented in this work include (a) developing an analytical framework for energy/latency/reliability assessment of IoT communications over grant-based and grant-free systems; (b) developing advanced RRM techniques for energy and spectrum efficient serving of massive and critical IoT communications, respectively; and (c) developing advanced data transmission/reception protocols for grant-free IoT networks. The performance evaluation results indicate that supporting IoT devices with stringent energy/delay constraints over limited radio resources calls for aggressive technologies breaking the barrier of the legacy interference-free orthogonal communications.

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