Signal Strength and Quality Monitoring in a Low Power Short Range Radio System

Location: Yatala, QLD

Duration: 4 months

Proposed start date: September 2019

Project Background

The Fusesaver product portfolio of intelligent electronic devices utilises the ANT radio system as a means for short range, low power communication between devices. The ANT communication ecosystem has evolved since originally implemented in Siemen Fusesaver products.
We’re seeking a PhD candidate who can complete a review of current best practice to ensure our portfolio is enjoying the benefits of the full capability of the ANT radio system. A specific focus on developing the capability to assess signal strength and quality of radio connection between devices would be of benefit to Siemens and our customers deploying Fusesaver.
The purpose of this project is to research best practice in ANT communications and to develop a signal strength and quality monitoring function. Using this capability to then conduct tests to determine the systems tolerance to installation variables and effects of external influences such as interference and noise.

Research to be Conducted

The project is relatively open ended, but the following steps are expected:

  • Review the most recent guidance from ANT of the best practice for the reliable operation of the ANT radio chips used in the Fusesaver product portfolio.
  • Characterise the limitations of the ANT radio system and how these limitations manifest in the Fusesaver function.
  • Research methods provided by ANT for signal strength and/or quality monitoring and create a specification for implementation.
  • Develop a proof of concept signal strength and quality monitoring function for implementation within the Fusesaver hardware platform.
  • Develop a means to introduce external noise to the ANT communications.
  • Conduct testing using the signal strength/quality tool to determine limitations of the ANT system in various workshop and field installation configurations and to various sources and types of external noise.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:

ESSENTIAL

  • Communications Engineering qualification
  • Strong knowledge of C / C++ programming language
  • Strong knowledge of theoretical aspects of low power radio communications protocols in the 2.4GHz range (preferably ANT)

DESIRABLE

  • Good knowledge of electronic development
  • Good knowledge of C# programming language

Expected Outcomes

The expected project outcomes:

  • A proof of concept ANT signal strength/quality monitoring function that can be implemented on our product hardware.
  • An improved understanding of the impact of installation and external noise on the degradation of ANT radio performance.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

31 July 2019

Reference

APR – 0894