International Journal of Computer Networks & Communications (IJCNC)



Design of Secure and Reliable Mu-Mimo Transceiver System for Vehicular Networks

C. Manikandan, P. Neelamegam, S.Rakesh Kumar, G. Venkat Babu, and Sai Siva Satwik Kommi

School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.


MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) has been a promising technique for vehicular networks to achieve faster communication. Conventional MU-MIMO transceiver is designed with One-dimensional (1-D) improper modulation schemes such as Binary Phase Shift Keying (BPSK) and Multilevel Amplitude Shift Keying (M-ASK) failed to yield standard ABER (average bit error rate). To achieve high reliability, a novel MU-MIMO uplink transceiver system is designed under PAPC (Per-Antenna Power Constraint) by assuming perfect and imperfect channel state information (CSI). MIMO communication channels are perceptible. Hence, security of the proposed system is improved by novel pseudorandom key generation technique using randomized synthetic colour image. Analytical design for proposed systems is carried and simulated for various p-norm constraints. Simulation results show higher reliability and security than the existing system. It also satisfies the linearity constraint of a power amplifier, which makes the system more suitable for practical applications.


MU-MIMO, Uplink, PAPC, 1-D improper modulation, Perfect & imperfect CSI, Colour Image, Pseudorandom key generation

1. Introduction

Vehicular networks are widely used for autonomous navigation, remotely operated vehicle, and swarm robot [1]. It utilizes cellular and wireless local area networks and demands high-speed, reliable communication without increasing channel bandwidth and power required for transmission [2-4]. To meet such requirement, MU-MIMO communication technology has been introduced in such applications [5]. Several MU-MIMO transceivers design has been reported to increase throughput and minimize total mean square error (TMSE). In all the cases a common transceiver design has been proposed for both proper and improper modulation [6-13]. The outcome revealed that the Average Bit error rate (ABER) performance of existing MU-MIMO transceiver systems was suboptimal for improper modulation. To overcome this problem, a separate MU-MIMO transceiver system had been designed for improper modulations with novel precoding strategy [14]. Joint optimal precoders and decoders were designed for improper modulation to improve the ABER performance [15-18].

Predominately the exiting MU-MIMO transceiver systems were designed under TPC (β). In TPC based power allocation techniques, linearity constraint of the individual power amplifier is not considered. This makes the system fail to meet the practical requirements and makes its challenging to be realized in real-time. An SU-MIMO transceiver has been proposed with 1-D improper modulation and PAPC [19] to meet the practical requirements in point-to-point communication. This has been extended for MU-MIMO uplink transceiver system. Additionally, to provide security, a simple and efficient novel key generation algorithm has been developed using randomized synthetic colour image. This makes the proposed system to have high data rate and reliability with security, which are the primary requirements for vehicular network.

The remaining sections of this article are organized as follows: Section 2 illustrates the system model used for uplink vehicular network and describes the design procedure of the proposed MU-MIMO transceiver systems and its key generation techniques. In section 3 numerical results of the proposed system are provided. Section 4 concludes the paper with future directions.

2. System Model

Figure 1. MU-MIMO Vehicular system models

The vehicular network provides reliable communication between the individual vehicles and the base station [1]. In the proposed work, uplink MU-MIMO transceiver is implemented in infrastructure-based vehicular networks. It consists of a single Base Station (BS) and four Vehicular Nodes (VNs) as shown in Figure 1. Both the BS and the VNs are equipped with multiple antennas. Each VNs connects to the base station with an independent uplink channel Hm(UL)  where m = 1, 2…4. All the vehicles utilize the same frequency spectrum for signal transmission. However, they are separated in the spatial domain. Vision sensor attached at front-end of each VNs simultaneously transmits its information to BS through Hm(UL) . After receiving the information, BS generates a command to navigate multiple vehicles on the road.

Figure 2. Proposed MU-MIMO uplink system

The block diagram of the proposed MU-MIMO uplink transceiver system with ‘m’ channels is shown in Figure 2. For the encryption process, the analog data obtained from the sensor is converted into binary and XORed with a key to get cipher text. This encrypted plain text is converted to parallel form and modulated using 1-D improper modulator for transmission. Digital modulation scheme yielding improper signal is called as improper modulation. In the proposed linear MIMO transceiver system improper modulation such as BPSK and M-ary ASK was implemented its pseudo-autocorrelation and cross-correlation function of complex envelope signals are assumed as nonzero [18]. A linear precoder concerning PAPC (α) is used to encode data stream of each VNs. Since the uplink channel matrices are complex, the coded data streams are multiplied by complex channel matrix (Hm(UL) ) and decoded by the linear decoders at the receiver. As the modulator outputs consist of only real components. Hence the real part of decoder output is considered for detection. The precoder and decoder matrix is updated based on the assumption of perfect and imperfect channel state information known at the BS and VN.

Figure 3. Flow Chart for key generation algorithm

A novel image-based key generation technique proposed for the stream cipher encryption and decryption algorithm is described in Figure.3. A 256×256 random pixel synthetic colour image is chosen as shown in Figure. 4. The colour image is made up of three layers namely red, green and blue. The pixel values in each layer vary from 0 to 255 representing the intensity level. Therefore, 8 bits are required to represent the value of one pixel.  This facilitates the generation of 8 separate keys with a size of 65536 bits by extracting one bit at a time from LSB to MSB as shown in Figure.5.

The key generation process is repeated for all the three layers, and a total of 24 keys are generated. The keys fulfill the randomness property are used for  encryption process, and others are discarded. To get better protection against brute force attacker, a key selection process for encryption and decryption also performed randomly.

Figure 4. Random pixel synthetic colour image

Figure 5. Method for Key Generation

2.1. Problem formulation for minimum TMSE design with perfect CSI

The mathematical model for uplink MU-MIMO system by assuming channel matrix H is perfectly known to both transmitter and receiver is derived as follows. This model is used to minimize the TMSE for the detected symbol. The notations and their meanings used in this paper are given in Table 1.

Table 1. Notations and their meanings used in the system models

The TMSE matrix for uplink can be formulated as,


Likewise, define

2.2. Problem formulation for minimum TMSE design with imperfect CSI 

Using the following assumptions made in [15-18] simplifies the equation (17). Then TMSE is calculated as


The expression of Lagrange multiplier is obtained by equating the equations (21) and (22).


With the help of duality theory, the above design of the Uplink MU-MIMO transceiver system can be implemented for the downlink design.

Figure 6. Iterative procedure to get optimum precoder and decoder

3. Results &Discussion

The proposed work aims to improve the security and reliability of MU-MIMO transceiver system. The security of the systems is evaluated by using randomness test, and the reliability of the system is tested in terms of ABER. The proposed cryptographic key generation technique used for security is validated using the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) test suite, and its probability values of the tests are given in Table.2. It is observed that the probability values resulting from all the tests are greater than 0.01. [20] These results show that the generated keys are random in nature. Similarly, the reliability of the proposed MU-MIMO uplink system mathematical model is tested by evaluating the ABER concerning SNR using MATLAB in a simulation environment with parameters described in Table. 3.

Table 2. NIST Parameter analysis

Table 3. Simulation parameters and its values

The ABER is compared for both proposed and conventional transceiver system, at the output of decryption algorithm by concerning proposed key generation technique. Two improper modulation techniques namely BPSK and 4-ASK modulation are used for evaluation. Standard p-values such as 4.12, 2.36, and 1.76 are also considered and simulated for both perfect and imperfect CSI condition.

Figure 7. Performance comparison results of MU-MIMO uplink system with respect to perfect CSI for

Figure 7 shows the performance of the proposed MU-MIMO systems for BPSK and 4-ASK modulation for the p-value of 4.12 with a perfect CSI at the transmitter and receiver. It is observed that SNR is increased from 7.5dB to 9.5dB for BPSK and from 11.5dB to 13.5dB in the case of 4-ASK. This indicates that the proposed system demand an additional 2 dB of SNR at the ABER level of 10-2. This notifying increase in SNR is worth as the design is more realistic.

Figure 8. Performance comparison results of MU-MIMO uplink system with respect to perfect CSI for p=2.36

The p-value is decreased and simulated for p=2.36 as illustrated in Figure 8. The SNR is increased from 4.5dB to5.5dB for BPSK and from 8.5dB to 9.5dB in the case of 4-ASK. Here an SNR increase of 1 dB is observed at the same ABER level of 10-2 for both the improper modulation schemes. A lesser increase in SNR showcases that the system is nearing optimal as the p-value is reduced from 4.12 to 2.36.

Figure 9. Performance comparison results of MU-MIMO uplink system with respect to perfect CSI for p=1.76

The p-value is further reduced close to unity (p=1.76), and its ABER is evaluated as in Figure 9. It is observed that for BPSK modulation, both TPC and PAPC require an SNR value of 2.5dB and 4-ASK modulation requires an SNR of 6.5dB at 10-2 ABER. This makes the SNR requirement for PAPC is same as TPC.  From these results, the proposed system found to be optimal for practical realization.

The proposed system is also tested for imperfect CS condition for various p-values (p=4.12 and p=2.36). The values of transmitting and receive correlation matrices are set to be ρT=0.5, ρR=0.5 respectively and the channel estimation error is set as σce2=0.015 to simulate the imperfect channel state condition.

Figure 10a. Performance comparison results of MU-MIMO uplink system with respect to imperfect CSI for p=4.12.

Figure.10a & 10b. shows the comparisons of MU-MIMO uplink system with TPC and PAPC for the imperfect CSI. It illustrates BPSK and 4-ASK requires an increase of 2 dB (BPSK: 10dB to12 dB & 4-ASK: 14dB to 16dB) and 1 dB (BPSK: 7 to8dB & 4-AKS: 11dB to 12dB) for p-value of 4.12 and 2.36 respectively at 10-2 ABER level. A difference of 2.5dB in the SNR is observed between the perfect and imperfect case, which makes the system suitable for realization.

Figure 10b. Performance comparison results of MU-MIMO uplink system with respect to imperfect CSI for p=2.36.

4. Conclusions

In this paper, 1-D improper modulation based uplink MU-MIMO transceiver employing PAPC with TMSE criterion is proposed for the vehicular network to achieve reliability. In addition to that to achieve security, a novel pseudo-random key generation technique was proposed for its stream cipher technique. The proposed key generation technique uses random pixel value based synthetic colour image to generate keys.  Five out of 24 generated keys satisfy the randomness test, and its probability value is found to be greater than 0.01. The proposed key generation techniques make the RF-based vehicular network secure and also the overall transceiver design to be less complex.

Reliability is improved by jointly optimizing the precoder and decoder of the transceiver system using the iterative algorithm. It uses the inverse water-filling technique with respect to PAPC for power allocation, which satisfies the linearity constraint of the power amplifier and makes the system realizable. Simulation studies of the proposed system are carried out for various p-values in the range 1<p<∞ for both perfect and imperfect CS condition. An optimum solution is obtained when the value of p approaches unity (p=1.76). Hence the proposed mathematical model for  MU-MIMO transceiver system meets the practical requirement of a vehicular network design. It can also be implemented for other RF-MIMO & visual MIMO communication networks which required low ABER and high security.


Finally, I would like to thank god for giving me an opportunity, encouragement, and strength to finish this work.


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C.Manikandan received his B.E. Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University and M.Tech. Degree in Digital Communication and Networking from SRM University, Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor-III in School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SASTRA, Deemed University. He has a teaching experience of 9 years, and he has published 18 research articles in refereed International Journals He is currently working towards his Ph.D. Degree in SASTRA, Deemed University. His research area is improving security and reliability for Wireless & Visual   MIMO Communication System. He is a Life Member of ISSE.

P.Neelamegam received his M.Sc. Degree from Madras University, Chennai and Ph.D. Degree from Bharathidasan University, Trichy. Currently, he is working as a Professor in the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SASTRA, Deemed University, Thanjavur. He has teaching experience of 45 years, and he has published 80+ research  articles in refereed International journals His research is related to Signal Processing, Smart Instrumentation, Wireless embedded system, and Networking. He has guided 8 Ph.D. students. He is a Life member of ISSE.

S.Rakesh Kumar received his B.E and M.E in the field of instrumentation engineering. He completed his Ph.D. in the area of sensor fusion techniques to improve autonomous navigation of wheeled mobile robots. He has nine years of teaching experience and currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of instrumentation engineering, School of electrical and electronics, SASTRA Deemed University, India. He has around 35 research articles published in peer-reviewed international journals.  His area of interest includes sensor fusion, robotics and automation, and machine learning techniques.

G.Venkat Babu received his B.E. Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bharathidasan University, Trichy, M.E. Degree in Microwave communication and RADAR from Dr.B.R.Ambedkar University, Agra and Ph.D. Degree from Bhagwant University, Ajmer. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor in School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SASTRA, Deemed University, Thanjavur. He has a teaching experience of 16 years, and he has published seven research articles in National and International journals. He Co-authored a book in the field of Electromagnetic Fields. His research area includes Smart Antennas, and RF-MEMS. He is a member of IEEE, Life member of IETE and ISTE.

Sai Siva Satwik Kommi received his Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur India. He is pursuing masters in Computer and Information Systems Security from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He has around four research articles published in peer-reviewed international journals and Conferences His research area includes Information Security, Image Steganography and Wireless Communication.

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