Experimental evaluation of a software defined visible light communication system
Type : Conference paper
Publication Status : Published
Visible light communication (VLC) allows the dual use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for illumination and communication purposes. With its large bandwidth and immunity to electromagnetic interference, VLC can be used as complementary and/or alternative to radio communications. In this paper, we present a comprehensive experimental evaluation of a software-defined VLC system with on-off keying for both line-of-sight (LOS) and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios. The experimental set-up is based on a pair of modified National Instruments USRPs coupled with a custom design front-end. In the measurement campaign, we vary the distance between 1 to 3 meters with a step size of 0.5 m. For each point in this LOS scenario, we measure signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and bit error rate (BER) with and without a lens. We also evaluate the effect of the reception angle (i.e, no strict alignment) on system performance. We further evaluate the SNR performance for NLOS scenarios and demonstrate a robust performance due to the wide field-of-view of the front-end.
Source : 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops)
Date : 2020
Publisher : IEEE
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