Radio frequency fingerprinting and its challenges

Saeed Ur Rehman, Kevin W Sowerby, Shafiq Alam, Iman Ardekani

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RF fingerprinting aims to develop a unique RF fingerprint for a wireless device that can be used as an identity, in the same way a biological fingerprint operates, to improve the security and privacy of wireless communication. This is in contrast to the traditional bit-level algorithmic approaches to securing transmissions. In this work, we present a comprehensive overview of challenges in the deployment of RF fingerprinting in low-cost portable mobile devices including: the preliminary results showing the effect of channel impairments on RF fingerprinting accuracy and open research challenges associated with the deployment of RF fingerprinting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2014
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781479958900
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

Name2014 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2014


  • Physical Layer Security
  • Radio Fingerprinting
  • USRP
  • Radiometric signature


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