IEEE 802.15.7r1 reference channel models for visible light communications

Uysal M., Miramirkhani F., Narmanlioglu O., Baykas T., Panayirci E.

IEEE Communications Magazine, vol.55, no.1, pp.212-217, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/mcom.2017.1600872cm
  • Journal Name: IEEE Communications Magazine
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.212-217
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


The IEEE has established the standardization group 802.15.7r1 Short Range Optical Wireless Communications, which is currently in the process of developing a standard for visible light communication (VLC). As with any other communication system, realistic channel models are of critical importance for VLC system design, performance evaluation, and testing. This article presents the reference channel models that were endorsed by the IEEE 802.15.7r1 Task Group for evaluation of VLC system proposals. These were developed for typical indoor environments, including home, office, and manufacturing cells. While highlighting the channel models, we further discuss physical layer techniques potentially considered for IEEE 802.15.7r1.