Ambient Backscatter Communications: A Contemporary Survey

  title={Ambient Backscatter Communications: A Contemporary Survey},
  author={Nguyen Van Huynh and Dinh Thai Hoang and Xiao Lu and Dusit Tao Niyato and Ping Wang and Dong In Kim},
  journal={IEEE Communications Surveys \& Tutorials},
Recently, ambient backscatter communication has been introduced as a cutting-edge technology which enables smart devices to communicate by utilizing ambient radio frequency (RF) signals without requiring active RF transmission. [] Key Method Then, the general architecture, advantages, and solutions to address existing issues and limitations of ambient backscatter communications systems are discussed. Additionally, emerging applications of ambient backscatter communications are highlighted. Finally, we…

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