White-light phosphor-based light-emitting diode (LED) can be used to provide lighting and visible light communication (VLC) simultaneously. However, the long relaxation time of phosphor can reduce the modulation bandwidth and limit the VLC data rate. Recent VLC works focus on improving the LED modulation bandwidths. Here, we propose and demonstrate the use of adaptive Volterra filtering (AVF) to increase the data rate of a white-light LED VLC system. The detailed algorithm and implementation of the AVF for the VLC system have been discussed. Using our proposed electrical frontend circuit and the proposed AVF, a significant data rate enhancement to 700.68 Mbit/s is achieved after 1-m free-space transmission using a single white-light phosphor-based LED.
It is predicted that the number of internet-of-things (IoT) devices will be >28 billion in 2020. Due to the shortage of the conventional radio-frequency spectrum, using visible light communication (VLC) for IoT can be promising. IoT networks may only require very low-data rate communication for transmitting sensing or identity information. The implementation of a VLC link on existing computer communication standards and interfaces is important. Among the standards, universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART) is very popular. We propose and demonstrate a VLC-over-UART system. Bit error rate analysis is performed. Different components and modules used in the proposed VLC-over-UART system are discussed. Then, we also demonstrate a real-time simultaneous temperature, humidity, and illuminance monitoring using the proposed VLC link.
Visible-light communication (VLC) is license free and electromagnetic-interference free; it thus can be deployed in radio-frequency forbidden areas. The light-emitting diode (LED) system providing simultaneously lighting, VLC, and positioning is highly desirable for providing real-time tracking, monitoring, and navigating with very little extra cost. We propose and demonstrate a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) VLC-positioning system using white-light LEDs. Our scheme is based on MIMO to provide both position and VLC. Experimental results show that the proposed MIMO VLC system can achieve a bit-error rate of 10−10, while the positioning errors are within 1 cm. Numerical analyses are also performed, showing the positioning error can be measured within 1 cm. Further analysis of tilting angle of the receiver is also presented.