Wlan interference identification using a convolutional neural network for factory environments

Julian Webber, Kazuto Yano, Norisato Suga, Yafei Hou, Eiji Nii, Toshihide Higashimori, Abolfazl Mehbodniya, Yoshinori Suzuki

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—Factory communication systems require highly reliable links with predictable performance and quality of service in order to avoid outages that can damage the production-line process. Communication anomalies can be caused by narrowband interference which is difficult to identify and track from the time-domain information only. This paper describes a methodology for classifying increasing severity and types of interference in order to improve throughput prediction. Received signal strength (RSS) data is collected from both a ray-tracing simulation and a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) measurement campaign with a transmitter mounted on an actual automated guided vehicle (AGV). Scalogram time-frequency images are computed from the RSS signal and a convolutional neural network (CNN) is then trained to recognize the spectral features and enable the interference classification. The block random interference could be correctly classified on over 65% of the occasions in the ray-traced channel at 30 dB SNR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-283
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Communications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • CNN
  • Deep-learning
  • Factory communications
  • Interference
  • Ray-tracing
  • Scalogram
  • WLAN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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