An OFDM-Based Speech Encryption System without Residual Intelligibility

Der-Chang TSENG  Jung-Hui CHIU  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E91-D   No.11   pp.2742-2745
Publication Date: 2008/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e91-d.11.2742
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Speech and Hearing
Keyword: 
orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM),  speech encryption system,  residual intelligibility,  

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Summary: 
Since an FFT-based speech encryption system retains a considerable residual intelligibility, such as talk spurts and the original intonation in the encrypted speech, this makes it easy for eavesdroppers to deduce the information contents from the encrypted speech. In this letter, we propose a new technique based on the combination of an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) scheme and an appropriate QAM mapping method to remove the residual intelligibility from the encrypted speech by permuting several frequency components. In addition, the proposed OFDM-based speech encryption system needs only two FFT operations instead of the four required by the FFT-based speech encryption system. Simulation results are presented to show the effectiveness of this proposed technique.