EH-HL: Effective communication model by integrated EH-WSN and hybrid LiFi/WiFi for IoT

Pradip Kumar Sharma, Young Sik Jeong, Jong Hyuk Park*

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Technological advances over the last decade in the field of wireless communications have resulted in the improvement of small and low cost sensor nodes outfitted with wireless communication abilities capable of establishing wireless sensor network (WSN). Due to the expansion of Internet of Things (IoT), there are many areas in IoT application where WSN applications are found. These applications generally impose severe constraints on the lifetime of the WSN, which is expected to last several years. It is necessary to diminish the overall energy consumption of the sensor node and to find an additional source of energy for achieving this objective. On the other hand, due to the imminent crisis of the radio frequency spectrum, light fidelity (LiFi) offers many key benefits and effective solutions for these issues that have been postured in the most recent decade. In this paper, we propose a novel EH-HL model for future smart homes and industries based on the integration of energy harvesting WSN (EH-WSN) and hybrid LiFi/WiFi communication techniques. The proposed model is capable of efficiently transmitting data at high speed for bidirectional multidevice and by harvesting energy, we provide the power to the sensor nodes. To synchronize multidevice transmissions, transmit data and provide low-cost wireless communication, we used the color beams of the red, green, and blue LEDs. The result of the evaluation shows that the hybrid communication scheme is proposed in the EH-HL model. It also offers superior performance and achieves a data rate of 25 Mb/s for multiaccess/multiusers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1719-1726
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number3
Early online date29 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • Energy harvesting wireless sensor network (EH-WSN)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • light fidelity (LiFi)
  • smart home
  • smart industry
  • WiFi


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