Security of Visible Light Communication systems - a survey

Grzegorz J. Blinowski


This paper reviews the security of Visible Light Communication (VLC) methods, protocols and systems. In the introduction we briefly outline VLC technology as of today. We then identify the physical aspects of VLC which are relevant to security and present a systematic review of security threats and vulnerabilities with respect to the unique features of VLC systems. We summarize all security techniques proposed in the literature for VLC so far, including physical layer security addressed from the information-theoretic point of view, and the problems of availability and integrity (namely transmission jamming and possible data modification). We also address issues of secure localization, key generation, steganography, and the specific sub-topic of VLC in vehicular networks. In the summary section, we outline all security issues that should be addressed as VLC moves from the experimental to the implementation phase.
Author Grzegorz J. Blinowski (FEIT / IN)
Grzegorz J. Blinowski,,
- The Institute of Computer Science
Journal seriesPhysical Communication, ISSN 1874-4907
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets1.2
Keywords in EnglishVisible light communication; Wireless networks; Vehicular networks; Cyber security; Wireless security; Information-theoretic security; Key generation; Wireless jamming; Beamforming; Steganography; Survey
ASJC Classification2208 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ProjectDevelopment of new algorithms in the areas of software and computer architecture, artificial intelligence and information systems and computer graphics . Project leader: Arabas Jarosław, , Phone: +48 22 234 7432, start date 01-08-2018, end date 30-09-2019, II/2018/DS/1, Completed
WEiTI Działalność statutowa
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 17-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 4; WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.951; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.451 (2) - 2018=1.631 (5)
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