The spatial and temporal variability of the signals emitted by modern communication devices produced a paradigm shift in approaching the human exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). This inherent variability requires in situ, agile EMF measurement solutions capable of performing real-time isotropic measurements. The aim of this paper is to describe a new real-time, highly flexible multichannel EMF measurement system that consists of a sensor connected to state-of-the-art software-defined radio (SDR) equipment. In this paper an electric field sensor is proposed, but we also provide information on the extension of the probe to electric and magnetic fields. In the receiver section, the proposed solution is compared in terms of performances (sensitivity and accuracy), costs, and requirements, with standard solutions based on spectrum analyzers or a digital oscilloscope. Finally, the proposed solution was tested considering the signals emitted in various operating scenarios by a mobile device operating in the LTE-A and IEEE 802.11ax mobile communication standards. The results confirm the versatility and efficiency of the proposed solution for in situ EMF measurements of signals emitted by the new generation communication devices. © 2022 by the authors.

SDR-Enabled Multichannel Real-Time Measurement System for In Situ EMF Exposure Evaluation

Migliore M. D.;
2022

Abstract

The spatial and temporal variability of the signals emitted by modern communication devices produced a paradigm shift in approaching the human exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). This inherent variability requires in situ, agile EMF measurement solutions capable of performing real-time isotropic measurements. The aim of this paper is to describe a new real-time, highly flexible multichannel EMF measurement system that consists of a sensor connected to state-of-the-art software-defined radio (SDR) equipment. In this paper an electric field sensor is proposed, but we also provide information on the extension of the probe to electric and magnetic fields. In the receiver section, the proposed solution is compared in terms of performances (sensitivity and accuracy), costs, and requirements, with standard solutions based on spectrum analyzers or a digital oscilloscope. Finally, the proposed solution was tested considering the signals emitted in various operating scenarios by a mobile device operating in the LTE-A and IEEE 802.11ax mobile communication standards. The results confirm the versatility and efficiency of the proposed solution for in situ EMF measurements of signals emitted by the new generation communication devices. © 2022 by the authors.
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