Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks

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Radio-Frequency Fingerprinting-Based Physical Layer Identification

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32903-1_295-1



Physical layer identification (PLI) is the user device identification strategy based on the physical features of the wireless device. Radio-frequency fingerprinting is one of the most important PLI techniques that utilize the uniqueness in the waveform of the wireless signals emitted by the device to be identified.


The wireless access to restricted networks, such as in enterprise or government, can grant great convenience and efficiency to the employees and visitors. However, the broadcasting nature of wireless communications brings significant secure risks, especially in the networks with sensitive data. Without the binding of wired connections, it is much easier for adversary to obtain security credentials from legitimate users through the wireless channel. Therefore, it is important to authenticate users not only by what they hold (e.g., logical level ID or pre-shared key) but also by what they are,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

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  • Kui Ren

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