Definitions Edit

Computing Edit

A base station is a:

[r]adio receiver/transmitter serving as the hub of the local wireless network; may also be the gateway between wired and wireless networks.[1]

Geospatial Edit

A base station is:

[a] GPS receiver at a known location that broadcasts and collects correction information for roving GPS receivers.[2]


A base station is an RFID reader connected to a host system.

Wireless Edit

A base station (BS) is

[t]he common name for all of the radio equipment located at a single site for serving one or several cells.[3]
a wireless communications station installed at a fixed location and used to communicate as part of either:

Overview Edit

The BS is the node that [[[logic]]ally connects fixed and mobile subscriber stations to operator networks. The BS governs access to the operator networks and maintains communications with client devices. A BS consists of the infrastructure elements necessary to enable wireless communications, i.e., antennas, transceivers, and other electromagnetic wave transmitting equipment. BSs are typically fixed nodes, but in certain environments, they may also be considered mobile. A BS also serves as a master relay-base station in the multi-hop relay topology.

References Edit

  1. SMART 2020: Enabling the Low Carbon Economy in the Information Age, Glossary, Appendix 6/83.
  2. ESRI, GIS Dictionary.
  3. Electronic Surveillance in a Digital Age, at 71.