Visual wireless communications with smartphones

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Perustieteiden korkeakoulu | Master's thesis
Date
2015-08-24
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Major/Subject
Mobile Computing - Services and Security
Mcode
SCI3045
Degree programme
Master's Programme in Mobile Computing - Services and Security
Language
en
Pages
63
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Abstract
The advent of smartphones has certainly brought many advantages for communications among people. Due to their diverse features, smartphones allow to exchange information in different ways. The most widespread communication technologies for mobile devices - such as WiFi, Bluetooth and Long Term Evolution - exploit wireless transmissions based on electromagnetic radio signals. However, the use of these technologies present some issues with respect to security, coverage and interference. Recent studies have revealed new approaches for data exchange, such as visible light communication. Using an optical channel for data transmission provides interesting advantages over current technologies: the use of unlicensed spectrum, no interference with radio signal, secure communication and no need for a special infrastructure. In this thesis, we implemented an application that transfers data between smartphones through visible light communications. To this purpose, the application employs QR codes shown on the display to encode transmitted data and the front-facing camera for receiving the data. We also designed a supporting communication protocol for ensuring a successful transmission between two smartphones. Finally, we evaluated our solution in terms of power consumption and communication performance. The results showed that our solution is suitable for exchanging files of small size.
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Di Francesco, Mario
Thesis advisor
Di Francesco, Mario
Keywords
wireless communication, short-range communication, smartphone, QR codes, visible light communication
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