Forget WiFi, The Newest Creative Business Solution is Here. [LiFi, or Light Fidelity]

Johnny Reid

Technology

June 24, 2019

July 19, 2019

In this Insight from goHere a new creative business solution has emerged into its first commercial setting. This new technology completely rethinks the current wireless systems seen in practically every business on the planet. What is being termed as LiFi, or Light Fidelity is a completely new wireless system created by Signify. Read on to find out why this is an extremely valuable opportunity for commercial applications.

Signify created the first LiFi system called Trulifi. How it works is it transmits broadband internet through lights by using LEDs to transfer data and bypass radio signals. Currently Signify has teamed with Phillips to build this technology into their lights. They have been experimenting with releasing this technology over the past year but now are finally seeing realistic deployment into the commercial space.

The first two test pilots for this new technology are corporate clients Globalworth, in Poland; and Claerhout Communications Campus, in Belgium. Signify is targeting Trulifi at professional markets and claims to be quite useful for hospitals and industrial applications.


LiFi offers a couple key benefits including the ability to transmit data to any place that light can which is beneficial in deep underground situations where WiFi is limited. Considering light cannot penetrate walls, neither can the data through LiFi which may be seen as a drawback, but also can be viewed as a security benefit. The last benefit is Trulifi can be retrofitted into existing Phillips lights which means commercial clients might not have to completely replace their existing lighting infrastructure, which decreases the barrier of entry into the market.

In order to use the LiFi system, users will need to plug in a USB-access key in other laptops to receive the signal. Trulifi is claiming once connected speeds for wireless connectivity are up to 150Mbps, which is sufficient for most tasks. To learn more about the Signify Trulifi LiFi system, refer to their company website linked here, https://www.signify.com/global .


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