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Investigation of Performance of Visible Light Communications for Use in Power Plants

Linderman, Ethan (2022) Investigation of Performance of Visible Light Communications for Use in Power Plants. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Wireless communication is an integral part in modern society, however sending data via certain parts of the electromagnetic spectrum can raise a security risk because of their transmission through barriers and typical omnidirectional characteristics. Additionally, the use of many wireless devices in a local space can cause spectrum pollution, a bad side-effect especially when dealing with machines and instrumentation that are sensitive to wireless signals. This paper documents the investigation of another form of wireless technology that uses visible light as its communication medium and does not suffer from the previously mentioned problems. The criteria considered were distance of data transmission, speed of transmission, and the effects of the environment on both communication distance and speed. Theories of light physics and electronic data communications were used to design a system that could meet the design requirements. Prototypes of the system were made and tested in a variety of conditions to validate the theory. These tests gave a great understanding of visible light communication (VLC) and its benefits and shortcomings when compared to other forms of communication like Wi-Fi.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Linderman, Ethanesl32@pitt.eduesl32
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVipperman,
Committee ChairClark,
Committee ChairBajaj,
Thesis AdvisorVipperman,
Date: 6 September 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 April 2022
Approval Date: 6 September 2022
Submission Date: 31 July 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 76
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Mechanical Engineering
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visible Light Communication VLC Microcontroller
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 16:40
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2022 16:40


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