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On the Performance of DF-based Power-Line/Visible-Light Communication Systems

Gheth, Waled and Rabie, Khaled and Adebisi, Bamidele and Ijaz, Muhammad and Harris, Georgina (2019) On the Performance of DF-based Power-Line/Visible-Light Communication Systems. In: International Conference On Signal Processing and Information Security (ICSPIS 2018), 07 November 2018 - 08 November 2018, Dubai, UAE.


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This paper presents a comprehensive performance analysis of an integrated indoor power line communication (PLC)/visible light communication (VLC) system with the presence of a decode-and-forward (DF) relay. The existing indoor power line networks are used as the backbone for VLCs. The performance of the proposed system is evaluated in terms of the average capacity and the outage probability. A new unified mathematical method is developed for the PLC/VLC system and analytical expressions for the aforementioned performance metrics are derived. Monte Carlo simulations are provided throughout the paper to verify the correctness of the analysis. The results reveal that the performance of the proposed system deteriorates with increasing the end-to-end distance and improves with increasing the relay transmit power. It is also shown that the outage probability of the system under consideration is negatively affected by the vertical distance to user plane.

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