Securing the Future: A Resourceful Jamming Detection Method Utilizing the EVM Metric for Next-Generation Communication Systems

Örnek C., Kartal M.

ELECTRONICS (Basel), vol.12, no.24, pp.1-23, 2023 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 24
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/electronics12244948
  • Journal Name: ELECTRONICS (Basel)
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aerospace Database, Communication Abstracts, INSPEC, Metadex, Directory of Open Access Journals, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-23
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper addresses the escalating threat of malicious jamming in next-generation communication systems, propelled by their continuous advancement in speed, latency, and connectivity. Recognizing the imperative for communication security, we propose an efficient jamming detection method with distinct innovations and contributions. Motivated by the growing sophistication of jamming techniques, we advocate the adoption of the error vector magnitude (EVM) metric, measured in IQ symbols, deviating from traditional received signal strength and bit error rate-based measurements. Our method achieves enhanced jamming detection sensitivity, surpassing existing approaches. Furthermore, it introduces low complexity, ensuring resource-effective detection. Crucially, our approach provides vital jammer frequency information, enhancing counteraction capabilities against jamming attacks. It demonstrates stable results against varying system parameters, such as modulation type and code rate, thereby contributing to adaptability. Emphasizing practicality, the method seamlessly integrates into 5G and LTE systems without imposing additional overhead. Versatility is demonstrated through successful operations in diverse scenarios that are run by extended simulation conditions. Theoretical analysis substantiates these advantages, reinforcing the validity of our methodology. The study’s success is further validated through laboratory experiments, providing empirical evidence of its effectiveness. The proposed method represents a significant step toward fortifying next-generation communication systems against evolving jamming threats.