Security aware spatial modulation (SA-SM)

Monette H. Khadr, Hany Elgala, Moussa Ayyash, Thomas Little, Abdallah Khreishah, Michael Rahaim

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Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) techniques are currently the de facto approach for increasing the capacity and reliability of communication systems. Spatial modulation (SM) is presently one of the most eminent MIMO techniques. As, it combines the advantages of having higher spectral efficiency than repetition coding (RC) while overcoming the inter-channel interference (ICI) faced by spatial multiplexing (SMP). Moreover, SM reduces system complexity. In this paper, for the first time in literature, the use of MIMO techniques is explored in Internet-of-Things(IoT) deployments by introducing a novel technique called security aware spatial modulation (SA-SM).SA-SM provides a low complexity, secure and spectrally efficient technique that harvests the advantages of SM, while facing the arising security concerns of IoT systems. Using an undemanding modification at the receiver, SA-SM gives an extra degree of technology independent physical layer security. Our results show that SA-SM forces the bit-error-rate (BER) of an eavesdropper to not exceed the range of 10-2, which is below the forward-error-correction (FEC) threshold. Hence, it eradicates the ability of an eavesdropper to properly decode the transmitted signal. Additionally, the efficiency of SA-SM is verified in both the radio and visible light ranges. Furthermore, SA-SM is capable of reducing the peak-to-average-power-ratio (PAPR) by 26.2%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 39th Sarnoff Symposium, Sarnoff 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538661543
StatePublished - Jul 2 2018
Event39th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Sarnoff 2018 - Newark, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2018Sep 25 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE 39th Sarnoff Symposium, Sarnoff 2018


Conference39th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Sarnoff 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


  • HN
  • IoT
  • MIMO
  • OFDM
  • SM
  • VLC


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