Visible light communication: concepts, applications and challenges

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“Visible light communication: concepts, applications and challenges” by Luiz Eduardo Mendes Matheus, Alex Borges Vieira, Luiz FM Vieira, Marcos AM Vieira, and Omprakash Gnawali. IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, vol. 21, 2019, IEEE.


During the last decade, the exponential growth of mobile devices and wireless services created a huge demand for radio frequency-based technologies. Meanwhile, the lighting industry has been revolutionized due to the popularization of LED light bulbs, which are more economical and efficient. In that context, visible light communication (VLC) is a disruptive technology based on LEDs that offers a free spectrum and high data rate, which can potentially serve as a complementary technology to the current radio frequency standards. In this paper, we present a comprehensive state-of-the-art survey of VLC, as well as the main concepts and challenges related to this emergent area. We overview VLC technology, from its physical aspects and communication architecture to its main applications and research challenges. Finally, we present the main research platforms available today, along with a deep analysis of the system design and future directions in the field.

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BibTeX entry:

   author = {Luiz Eduardo Mendes Matheus and Alex Borges Vieira and Luiz
	FM Vieira and Marcos AM Vieira and Omprakash Gnawali},
   title = {Visible light communication: concepts, applications and
   journal = {IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials},
   volume = {21},
   publisher = {IEEE},
   year = {2019}