On The Use Of Support Vector Machines For The Prediction Of Propagation Losses In Smart Metering Systems
Martino Uccellari, University of Modena, Reggio Emilia
Francesca Facchini, University of Modena, Reggio Emilia
Matteo Sola, University of Modena, Reggio Emilia
Emilio Sirignano, University of Modena, Reggio Emilia
Giorgio M. Vitetta, University of Modena, Reggio Emilia
Andrea Barbieri, CPL Concordia
Stefano Tondelli, CPL Concordia

Abstract:
In this manuscript a novel data-centric solution, based on the use of support vector machine techniques, is proposed to solve the problem of radio planning in the 169 MHz band. Our method requires the availability of a limited set of received signal strength measurements and the knowledge of a three-dimensional map of the propagation environment of interest, and generates both an estimate of the coverage area and a prediction of the field strength within it. Our numerical results evidence that our method is able to achieve a good accuracy at the price of an acceptable computational cost and of a limited effort for the acquisition of measurements