Physical deployment of enhanced visible light communication system using forward error correction codes

Arslan Khalid, Faizan Rashid, Hafiz Muhammad Asif*, Assad Ali, Sattam Al-Otaibi

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With the development of new generation lighting sources, visible light communication (VLC) system has become a complementary solution to traditional radio frequency wireless system. However, the error performance of VLC system is degraded because of multipath effects and interference from other lighting sources that, in turn, reduce the communication range. This work targets the issue of performance degradation of VLC systems in terms of communication range and demonstrates a VLC system design that utilizes forward error correction (FEC) codes as the main tool to fix this issue. Furthermore, the work also covers practical implementation of the proposed VLC system using UART modules programmed in MATLAB. The hardware results demonstrate that the communication range of the proposed VLC system is enhanced up to 0.5 m. Over and above, it is also shown through simulations that the coding gain of the proposed design is more when compared with existing VLC system(s).

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere4268
JournalInternational Journal of Communication Systems
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 25 2020


  • BER
  • forward error correcting codes (FEC)
  • Galois field (GF)
  • linear block codes (LBCs)
  • UART
  • VLC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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