Implementation of a physical layer for visible light communication using the OpenVLC platform

Bachelor Thesis



Visible light communication describes the wireless transfer of data by using the visible light spectrum. VLC can be used to create small networks which can relieve existing WiFi and mobile networks. Due to

the fact that light does not cause electromagnetic interference it can be used in areas where conventional wireless networks are prohibited or restricted. To enable researchers to conduct experiments with the

VLC technology the OpenVLC project was created. It offers a Linux driver and a hardware extension for the BeagleBone Black. But their driver has severe stability issues and requires an outdated Linux kernel. In this thesis we develop a simple physical layer implementation for the OpenVLC hardware in form or a device driver. It implements parts of the IEEE 802.15.7 standard. Based on the existing implementation from the OpenVLC project we create an updated, more stable and higher performing version. Additionally we document the necessary configuration changes to allow the underlying operating system to deliver higher performance.

Start: 30.04.2017

End: 20.10.2017


Student: Tim Kornhuber

Research Areas: CROSSING, CYSEC, Sichere Mobile Netze , S1



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hollick

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Department of Computer Science
Secure Mobile Networking Lab 

Mornewegstr. 32 (S4/14)
64293 Darmstadt, Germany

Phone: +49 6151 16-25472
Fax: +49 6151 16-25471


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