Passive visible light networks: Taxonomy and opportunities

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Artificial lighting has been used mainly for illumination for more than a century. Only recently, we have started to transform our lighting infrastructure to provide new services such as sensing and communication. These advancements have two key requirements: the ability to modulate light sources (for data transmission) and the presence of photodetectors on objects (for data reception). These requirements assume that the system has direct control over the transmitter and receiver, as in any traditional communication system. But not all lights can be modulated, and most objects do not have photodetectors. To overcome these limitations, researchers are developing novel networks that (i) exploit passive light sources that cannot be directly modulated, such as the sun, and (ii) leverage reflections from the external surfaces of objects to create a new generation of sensing and communication networks with visible light that is sustainable and does not require active control over the system. In this survey, we propose a taxonomy to analyze state-of-the-art contributions. We also identify the overarching principles, challenges, and opportunities of this new rising area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLIOT 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 Light Up the IoT, Part of MobiCom 2020
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-8099-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2020 Light Up the IoT, LIOT 2020 - Part of MobiCom 2020 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Sep 202021 Sep 2020


Conference2020 Light Up the IoT, LIOT 2020 - Part of MobiCom 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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  • applications
  • opportunities
  • passive visible light communication
  • passive visible light sensing
  • taxonomy


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