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Title: Characterization and performance of a thermal camera communication system
Authors: Guerra, Victor 
Ticay-Rivas, Jaime R.
Alonso Eugenio, Víctor 
Perez-Jimenez, Rafael 
UNESCO Clasification: 3325 Tecnología de las telecomunicaciones
Keywords: Channel Characterization
Optical Wireless Communication
Peltier Cells
Terahertz Communication
Thermal Camera Communication, et al
Issue Date: 2020
Journal: Sensors 
Abstract: This work presents a novel communications technology named Thermal Camera Communication (TCC), which is analogous to Optical Camera Communication (OCC). Thermographic cameras and Peltier cells are proposed as receiver and transmitter, respectively, changing completely their usual field of application. Furthermore, a comprehensive characterization of the Peltier–Thermal camera pair is carried out, presenting their bandwidth, achievable data rate under On-Off-Keying (OOK) modulation, noise characteristics, and energy efficiency. A comparison against the current state-of-the-art OCC technology is also provided, showing that TCC is a promising technology suitable for sensor networks. The thorough analysis of TCC performed in this work shows that commercial Peltier cells can be re-thought under a communications viewpoint in order to improve their performance. This novel communication technology can be applied in environments such as the access to public transportation or buildings due to the new health emergency situation. The use of thermographic cameras will become massive and dual measurement and communication purposes could be considered for applications such as sensor networks, using a yet unexploited wavelength range.
ISSN: 1424-8220
DOI: 10.3390/s20113288
Source: Sensors (Switzerland) [ISSN 1424-8220], v. 20 (11), p. 1-18, (Junio 2020)
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