WiFi May Soon Be Deployed on a Lamppost Near You

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has reportedly developed a “novel” model to help wireless communications providers optimally position WiFi equipment on lampposts and light poles.

According to an article posted on the agency’s website, the NIST model uses a unique algorithm to analyze signal transmissions for angles to include in receiver locations. This information can then be used to account for various advantages and disadvantages of 60 GH access points and signals.

NIST researchers tested their model against actual channel measurements taken at various heights on lampposts located throughout downtown Boulder, Colorado. Testing included the use of customized NIST equipment called a channel sounder, consisting of a transmitter and receiver mounted on the roof of a van. The testing determined that the results using the NIST model closely matched real-world measurements.

Researchers also validated the use of the NIST model on its own campus, yielding results comparable to those obtained downtown. This further testing indicates that the model can be generalized for use in different environments and use cases.

Read the NIST article on its model for mounting WiFi equipment to lampposts.

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