An Approach To Selectively Block Mobile Phone Communication Within A Mobile Phone Restricted Area

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Abstract The use of mobile phone jammers to discourage mobile phone usage in mobile phone restricted areas has some limitations. One major limitation is that, once the jammer is activated no mobile phone can be able to function within the restricted area. For that reason, in the case of emergencies, no mobile phone can either make or receive phone calls or perform emergency calls (police, fire and ambulance services). Works done in literature can detect and block phone calls in a certain way but depends on the mobile switching centre in order to block communication in the restricted area. Therefore, in this thesis, a selective mobile phone communication blocking system is proposed which does not depend on the mobile switching centre in order to perform blocking of communication. The proposed system seeks to allow privilege users access to communication and block non-privilege users with respect to a specific user location. Some mobile phone user locations were considered in this thesis (Hospitals, Banks and Schools). A user from a particular user location cannot enjoy the same privileges at a different location provided that user is privileged. The selective blocking nature of the system was simulated using Fuzzy Inference System (FIS) toolbox (mamdani). The inference method is based on a set of IF-THEN rules and membership functions of the input variable and output variables of the system. Users for the different locations were converted into input triangular membership functions. The output is the decision (“allow” and “not allow”) for each of the inputs. S-shape and Z-shape membership functions were used as the output decision variables. The set of IF-THEN rules were used to link the input variables to the output variables. The fuzzy inference system was able to perform selective blocking of communication services for privileged and non-privileged users. The results in this work shows that when the proposed system is implemented mobile phone communication service can be prioritised to suit privilege users in specific mobile phone restricted areas.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Electrical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in Partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award degree of MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING