22 August 2017 Visible light communication and indoor positioning using a-SiCH device as receiver
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Proceedings Volume 10453, Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics; 104530A (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2271362
Event: Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 2017, Faro, Portugal
Abstract
An indoor positioning system were trichromatic white LEDs are used both for illumination proposes and as transmitters and an optical processor, based on a-SiC:H technology, as mobile receiver is presented. OOK modulation scheme is used, and it provides a good trade-off between system performance and implementation complexity. The relationship between the transmitted data and the received digital output levels is decoded.

The system topology for positioning is a self-positioning system in which the measuring unit is mobile. This unit receives the signals of several transmitters in known locations, and has the capability to compute its location based on the measured signals. LED bulbs work as transmitters, sending information together with different IDs related to their physical locations. A triangular topology for the unit cell is analysed. A 2D localization design, demonstrated by a prototype implementation is presented. Fine-grained indoor localization is tested. The received signal is used in coded multiplexing techniques for supporting communications and navigation concomitantly on the same channel. The position is estimated through the visible multilateration metodh using several non-collinear transmitters. The location and motion information is found by mapping position and estimates the location areas.

Data analysis showed that by using a pinpin double photodiode based on a a-SiC:H heterostucture as receiver, and RBGLEDs as transmitters it is possible not only to determine the mobile target’s position but also to infer the motion direction over time, along with the received information in each position.
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M. A. Vieira, M. Vieira, P. Louro, P. Vieira, A. Fantoni, "Visible light communication and indoor positioning using a-SiCH device as receiver", Proc. SPIE 10453, Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 104530A (22 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2271362; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2271362
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