Practical Aspects of Physical and MAC Layer Security in Visible Light Communication Systems

Grzegorz J. Blinowski


Visible light communication (VLC) has been recently proposed as an alternative standard to radio-based wireless networks. Originally developed as a physical media for PANs (Personal area Networks) it evolved into universal WLAN technology with a capability to transport internet suite of network and application level protocols. Because of its physical characteristics, and in line with the slogan "what you see is what you send", VLC is considered a secure communication method. In this work we focus on security aspects of VLC communication, starting from basic physical characteristics of the communication channel. We analyze the risks of signal jamming, data snooping and data modification. We also discuss MAC-level security mechanisms as defined in the IEEE 802.15.7 standard. This paper is an extension of work originally reported in Proceedings of the 13th IFAC and IEEE Conference on Programmable Devices and Embedded Systems — PDES 2015.
Author Grzegorz J. Blinowski II
Grzegorz J. Blinowski,,
- The Institute of Computer Science
Journal seriesInternational Journal of Electronics and Telecommunications, ISSN 2081-8491, e-ISSN 2300-1933 [0867-6747]
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishWireless networks, visible light communication, wireless network security, industrial wireless standards, IEEE 802.15.7
projectDevelopment of new algorithms in the areas of software and computer architecture, artificial intelligence and information systems and computer graphics . Project leader: Rybiński Henryk, , Phone: +48 22 234 7731, start date 18-05-2015, end date 30-11-2016, II/2015/DS/1, Completed
WEiTI Działalność statutowa
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Other open licence; after publication
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