Abstract: A method and apparatus for increasing the capacity and quality of wireless communication between a plurality of remote users and a base station is disclosed. Using measurements from an array of receiving antennas at the base station, parameters of multiple signals transmitted to the base station from a plurality of users in the same channel are calculated and used to obtain the positions and velocities of the users. The locations and other related signal parameters are used to calculate appropriate spatial demultiplexing strategies, reconstructing the individual transmitted signals from the receiver measurements and reducing interference to acceptable levels. This heretofore unavailable location information is used in solving the hand-off problem. This information is also used to calculate an appropriate spatial multiplexing strategy for simultaneous transmission of signals to users in the same channel. This can be the same as or distinct from the aforementioned receive channel.
Abstract: An improved radio paging system providing automatic acknowledgment of message delivery, including a base station with spatially directive reception means and a pager capable of transmitting acknowledgment signals. The spatially directive reception means at the base station enhances the reception quality of the acknowledgment signals transmitted by the pager over that obtainable with conventional omnidirectional reception means, thereby compensating for the disparity in the base station and pager transmission powers.
August 1, 1994
Date of Patent:
April 29, 1997
Marc H. Goldburg, Richard H. Roy, III, Martin Cooper, Arlene J. Harris