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Piotr Gawłowicz, Elnaz Alizadeh Jarchlo and Anatolij Zubow, "Practical MIMO for Visible Light Communication," arXiv, cs.NI, 2002.00808, February 2020.


Visible Light Communication (VLC) is seen as a complementary wireless technology to Radio Frequency (RF). However, VLC is very sensitive to the signal blockage and suffers from shadowing due to the high directionality of the optical channel. Hence there is a big interest in researching novel approaches for VLC like usage of multiple antenna techniques providing spatial diversity which can be exploited as a way to combat signal blockage and fading. We present a complete and low-cost MIMO-VLC transceiver system consisting of COTS components. In particular, we show that COTS 802.11n (WiFi) devices can be used so that the physical and data link layers of RF WiFi are reused for VLC. In addition, this allows us to directly utilize the multiple antenna (spatial) techniques available in 802.11n. Results from our measurement study show that such techniques are highly effective at improving the robustness of VLC links in the presence of obstacles and node mobility. Moreover, we show that multiple antennas can also be used to increase the data rate of VLC by means of spatial multiplexing.

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Piotr Gawłowicz
Elnaz Alizadeh Jarchlo
Anatolij Zubow

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    author = {Gawłowicz, Piotr and Alizadeh Jarchlo, Elnaz and Zubow, Anatolij},
    doi = {10.48550/arXiv.2002.00808},
    title = {{Practical MIMO for Visible Light Communication}},
    institution = {arXiv},
    month = {2},
    number = {2002.00808},
    type = {cs.NI},
    year = {2020},

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