Distributed Antenna Systems for Enhanced Video Transmission in LTE Public Safety Networks

Distributed Antenna Systems for Enhanced Video Transmission in LTE Public Safety Networks

Elias Yaacoub (Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), Qatar), Nizar Zorba (Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), Qatar) and Zaher Dawy (American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4888-3.ch003


In this chapter, Long Term Evolution (LTE) for public safety is investigated. Particularly, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are studied, and their impact on LTE public safety networks is analyzed. Furthermore, resource allocation algorithms for the purpose of real-time video transmission, in both the Uplink (UL) and Downlink (DL) directions, are proposed, and a proportional fair scheduling algorithm, applicable in both the UL and DL directions, is presented. The proposed algorithms are compared in several scenarios with and without distributed antenna systems. In addition, Quality of Experience (QoE) metrics are used to measure the quality of the video transmissions, and joint uplink/downlink quality metrics, tailored to video transmission over public safety networks, are presented. Simulation results show large enhancements in video quality due to the application of DAS with smart resource allocation in LTE public safety networks.
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This section presents the background information related to the contributions of the chapter. After presenting a general overview of LTE, the standardization trends for its application to public safety networks are discussed. Then, a brief overview of LTE radio resource management is presented, followed by a review of DAS implementations in wireless communication systems. Finally, the contributions of the chapter are outlined and the relation to the presented background information is described.

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