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Vol. 192, Issue 9, September 2015, pp. 9-15




Security in Visible Light Communication: Novel Challenges and Opportunities

1 Christian ROHNER, 2 Shahid RAZA, 3 Daniele PUCCINELLI, and 1, 2 Thiemo VOIGT

1 Uppsala University, Dept of Information Technology, Box 337, 75105 Uppsala, Sweden
2 SICS Swedish ICT, Box 1263, 164 29 Kista, Sweden
3 SUPSI, Institute for Information Systems and Networking, Via Cantonale, 6928 Manno, Switzerland
1 Tel.: +46 70 167 9361

1 E-mail: christian.rohner@it.uu.se


Received: 31 July 2015 /Accepted: 31 August 2015 /Published: 30 September 2015

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: As LED lighting becomes increasingly ubiquitous, Visible Light Communication is attracting the interest of academia and industry as a complement to RF as the physical layer for the Internet of Things. Aside from its much greater spectral availability compared to RF, visible light has several attractive properties that may promote its uptake: its lack of health risks, its opportunities for spatial reuse, its relative immunity to multipath fading, its lack of electromagnetic interference, and its inherently secure nature: differently from RF, light does not penetrate through walls. In this paper, we outline the security implications of Visible Light Communication, review the existing contributions to this under-explored space, and survey the research opportunities that we envision for the near future.


Keywords: Visible light communication, Security.


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