The demand for ubiquitous connectivity is challenging the physical constraints placed upon current communication systems. In addition, customers expect higher and higher quality from their service providers. Consequently, equipment manufacturers are required to produce systems that can be quickly deployed and provide bandwidth-efficient communications. To meet this goal, instrumentation and measurements play a fundamental and invaluable role. At early stages of equipment development, rigorous testing is performed to both assess system functionality and performance and ensure system interoperability. Moreover, the increasingly complex nature of communication signals is placing additional pressure on design teams, already faced with tight project deadlines. Not only must the developer perform conformance testing; he/she must also quickly infer from measurement results root causes of possible technical problems. The strategic importance of measurements in the field of communication systems is corroborated by the significant increase in the number of papers on this topic - both submitted and accepted - experienced by IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (TIM) in recent years. Unfortunately, many submitted papers are rejected because they fall clearly outside the journal scope. This fact motivated us – as researchers in the field—to write this paper to specify what can be considered an instrumentation and measurement (I&M) technical contribution in the field of communication systems.

Instrumentation and Measurement in Communication Systems

ANGRISANI, LEOPOLDO;
2015

Abstract

The demand for ubiquitous connectivity is challenging the physical constraints placed upon current communication systems. In addition, customers expect higher and higher quality from their service providers. Consequently, equipment manufacturers are required to produce systems that can be quickly deployed and provide bandwidth-efficient communications. To meet this goal, instrumentation and measurements play a fundamental and invaluable role. At early stages of equipment development, rigorous testing is performed to both assess system functionality and performance and ensure system interoperability. Moreover, the increasingly complex nature of communication signals is placing additional pressure on design teams, already faced with tight project deadlines. Not only must the developer perform conformance testing; he/she must also quickly infer from measurement results root causes of possible technical problems. The strategic importance of measurements in the field of communication systems is corroborated by the significant increase in the number of papers on this topic - both submitted and accepted - experienced by IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (TIM) in recent years. Unfortunately, many submitted papers are rejected because they fall clearly outside the journal scope. This fact motivated us – as researchers in the field—to write this paper to specify what can be considered an instrumentation and measurement (I&M) technical contribution in the field of communication systems.
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