Design of an Enhanced TDOA Method for Swept CW Interferences

Journal of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing.
2012.
Jan,
1(1):
23-27

- Received : September 14, 2012
- Accepted : October 21, 2012
- Published : January 28, 2012

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Recently, devices like Personal Privacy Devices (PPD) are being employed to avoid the detection of one's location by GPS, and most PPD transmits swept CW signals. However, signals transmitted from PPD may interfere a precise location system based on GPS. Accordingly, in order to reduce interferences by PPD, a technique to locate an interferer is needed. In order to locate an interferer AOA method and TDOA method are generally used, TDOA method is known to be more accurate than AOA method. Unfortunately, TDOA method has a problem of ambiguity in obtaining measurements of swept CW interference. Thus, this paper design a localization algorithm based on TDOA method that can accurately locate an interferer transmitting swept CW signals by resolving problem of ambiguity. In addition, feasibility of the designed algorithm has been verified by simulation results.
Here,
a
is amplitude and has a constant value,
f
_{0}
is initial frequency,
k
is chirp rate, and T
_{SW}
is sweep time. The Eq. (1) can be changed into Eq. (2) using discrete time.
Here, T
_{SP}
is sampling period, and
B
stands for bandwidth. The bandwidth can be defined according to Eq. (3).
Eq. (2) can be represented as
Fig. 1
.
Swept CW interference signal model.
Here,
S_{r}
(
t
) is a signal received at reference sensor,
S_{i}
(
t
) is a signal received at th sensor, which is transmitted signal from an interferer,
T
is the integration time, and
τ
is time delay. As for interference signal, the paper sets to 1 ms as the period of interference signal cannot be known.
As mentioned in the introduction, when cross-correlating swept CW signals, an issue of ambiguity may arise as the peak of cross-correlation appears repeatedly at every sweep time. Ambiguity arises since sweep time is shorter than integration time.
Fig. 2
shows the result of cross-correlating four sensors, while fixing one as a reference sensor with the sweep time of 200 us and the sampling period of 20 ns in
Fig. 1
.
Cross-correlation value of swept CW signals.
It can be seen from
Fig. 2
that the peak of cross-correlation appears repeatedly at every sweep time. We cannot know true peak of them. Therefore, TDOA measurement cannot be obtained.
Delay on initial peak.
Here,
τ_{ri}
is TDOA measurement obtained by reference sensor and th sensor, Δ
τ_{ri}
is the first TDOA measurement among those repeatedly obtained from reference sensor and
i
th sensor, and
N_{ri}
is an integer ambiguity which needs to estimate as ambiguity.
Here,
c
is propagation velocity. A measurement used in the designed algorithm is that is calculated by using the delay obtained from the first peak happened during the integration time. When the number of sensors is N, N-1 number of equations are gained by substituting
r
with 1 and
i
with 2~N in Eq. (6). Thus those equations can be arranged by matrix and can be expressed as Eq. (7).
Here,
G _{xN}
is
,
is
, (
δx, δy
) is delta position, and
I
is unit matrix.
δ
_{SCW}
consisted of delta position and integer ambiguities in Eq. (7) can be calculated by LS method shown in Eq. (8).
Here,
Q
is covariance matrix of measurement error. Thus, to estimate the solution,
δ
_{SCW}
computed in Eq. (8) add to initial values as Eq. (9).
Finally, the position of an interferer and integer ambiguity can be calculated by repeating from Eq. (3) to Eq. (9) and updating until the magnitude of satisfies specific stop condition.
Fig. 4
shows the flowchart of the designed algorithm in this paper to estimate the position of an interferer which transmits the swept CW signal. This paper presets the stop condition with the magnitude of
δ
_{SCW}
below 0.001 or repetition over 10 times.
Flow chart.
Simulation environment.
Fig. 5
shows cross-correlation value of swept CW signals created from set sampling frequency and sweep time for the simulation. The TDOA measurement to locate an interferer from several cross-correlation peaks generated at sweep times were found by calculating the integer ambiguities from the designed algorithm, and
Table 2
shows actual TDOA, TDOA measurement, and the difference between the two.
Cross-correlation value for swept CW signals created for simulation.
Actual TDOA, TDOA measurement, error.
It can be seen from
Fig. 5
and
Table 2
that the designed algorithm can find TDOA measurement by solving the integer ambiguities for happened problem of ambiguity with the cross-correlation peaks repeatedly at every sweep time.
Fig. 6
shows the localization of interferer transmitting swept CW signal by using the designed TDOA method.
Results of interference localization using the designed algorithm.
As shown in
Fig. 6
and
Table 3
, the designed algorithm can be estimated for location of an interferer transmitting swept CW signal. Thus, It can be confirmed that the designed algorithm can estimate location of an interferer by solving ambiguity of TDOA measurements.
True position, estimated position, position error.

1. INTRODUCTION

Developed by the US Department of Defense for military purpose, Global Positioning System (GPS) is a radio navigation system which provides location, speed and time information to users. Recently due to the increasing demand for realtime location information, GPS is utilized in various fields not only in the military but also in private sectors such as the medical, port, and logistics industries. However, devices such as Personal Privacy Devices (PPD) are employed to avoid the detection of one’s location by GPS. Available on the internet and much affordable than GPS receiver, PPD can be easily purchased. As the electric power of GPS signals received by a receiver is about -158 dBW, PPD may interfere GPS signals even though it transmits signals with low electric power of about 1 dBW. For instance, a truck driver used PPD to avoid detection of his route near Newark International Airport in the US in 2010, and the signals transmitted from the PPD caused a failure in the high-tech instrument landing system of the airport (Pullen et al. 2012). TDOASuch a failure in a system using GPS may lead to a large-scale accident. Thus, recently, some institutions analyzed the type of signals transmitted by PPD and their impact on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver (Kraus, Bauernfeind, & Eissfeller 2011, Mitch et al. 2011, Grabowski 2012). University of Federal Armed Forces in Germany investigated on interferences such as PPD. According to the study results, it was found that PPD transmitted swept Continuous Wave (CW) signals of the frequency adjacent to GPS L1 signal band, and had a bandwidth smaller than 1 kHz. As the signals transmitted from PPD may cause jamming in a precise localization system based on GPS, many institutions are engaged in vigorous research activities to reduce interferences by PPD (Gromov et al. 2000, Balaei, Dempster & Barnes 2006, Brown & Reynolds 2010, Cetin, Thompson & Dempster 2011, Chang & Huang 2011, Xu & Trinkle 2011). Most studies, however, were mainly about analyzing signals transmitted by interferers and categorizing them based on their characteristics, so there was no study on localization of interferences. Therefore a study on a technique to locate interference is needed to directly reduce the demage of interferences.
Most typical techniques to locate interference are Array of Arrival (AOA) method which uses the arrival angle of signal and Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) method which uses arrival time differences of signal. AOA method has restrictions that it needs to use array antenna and synchronize phases between RF/IF channels (Niculescu & Nath 2003), and TDOA method has the restriction of requiring time synchronization between sensors (Smith & Abel 1987, Chan & Ho 1994a,b). Moreover, the AOA method has the drawback of causing a huge error if signals are scattered by surrounding environment or sensor is located near a source, this paper using the TDOA method estimates the location of interferences which transmit swept CW signals. However, if the integration time for cross-correlation to obtain a TDOA measurement is longer than sweep time, problem of ambiguity arises as many TDOA measurements are obtained. Because of such ambiguity, general TDOA method cannot be used for localization. Thus, this paper design a localization algorithm based on TDOA method that can accurately locate an interferer transmitting swept CW signals by resolving problem of ambiguity. In addition, feasibility of the designed algorithm has been verified by simulation results.
2. CHARACTERISTIC OF TDOA MEASUREMENT OF SWEPT CW SIGNALS

- 2.1 Swept CW Signal Model

Kraus analyzed that PPD transmit swept CW signals, and generally swept CW signals are sinusoidal waves in which frequencies vary by time. Accordingly, the model of swept CW signals is calculated according to Eq. (1) as follows (Kraus, Bauernfeind, & Eissfeller 2011).
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- 2.2 Characteristics of TDOA Measurement of Swept CW Signals

In order to locate interferences which transmit swept CW signals by using the TDOA method, TDOA measurement need to be obtained. The TDOA measurement for two arbitrary sensors can be calculated with cross-correlation function, and the function is defined in Eq. (4).
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3. DESIGN OF AN ENHANCED TDOA METHOD FOR LOCATION OF SWEPT CW INTERFERENCES

- 3.1 TDOA Measurement Model

As identified in Section 2, in case of swept CW interference signals, the characteristic of the TDOA measurement has an ambiguity that the cross-correlation value appear repeatedly at every sweep time. Thus, a TDOA measurement model is necessary to track the location of swept CW interferer.
Fig. 3
shows delays of the first peak for samples from 0 to 100. is TDOA measurement obtained by sensor 1 (reference sensor) and sensor 2, and a delay on cross-correlation value which happens first among repeated cross-correlation values. Therefore TDOA measurement of swept CW interference signals can be calculated as Eq. (5).
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- 3.2 Localization Algorithm

As a localization method using the TDOA method, there are direct solutions and indirect solutions. Spherical Intersection (SX), Spherical Interpolation (SI), Quadratic Correction Least Square (QCLS) are included in direct solutions and Least Squares (LS) is included in indirect solutions. This paper use LS method which is known to find more accurate value compared to direct solutions (Foy 1976, Smith & Abel 1987, Chan & Ho 1994a).
Eq. (5) that is equation with TDOA measurement can be expressed as Eq. (6) that is equation with range measurement.
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4. SIMULATION AND RESULTS

In order to estimate position of interferer by designed algorithm, MATLAB was utilized for computer simulation.
Table 1
shows the simulation environment.
Simulation environment.

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Actual TDOA, TDOA measurement, error.

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True position, estimated position, position error.

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5. CONCLUSION AND FURTHER STUDY

This paper modeled the TDOA measurement for swept CW interference signals, and designed the algorithm to locate position of an interferer transmitting swept CW signal using TDOA method. In addition, we confirmed that the designed algorithm can determine the integer ambiguity to resolve problem of ambiguity and can locate position of an interferer transmitting swept CW interference signal.
A further study will be conducted to analyze changes of performance according to sampling frequency, and design an advanced method with higher accuracy to locate swept CW interferers.
Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a grant from Korea Research Council of Fundamental Science & Technology funded by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in 2012 [Project: A Study on Satellite based Position Tracking Technology for Calamity Prevention and Public Safety Improvement].

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