Li-Fi 100 times faster than traditional Wi-Fi


Li-Fi, a super-fast alternative to Wi-Fi, is finally moving from research labs to the real world after an Estonian startup
implemented the technology within a commercial context.

Velmenni, a recent finalist at the Slush 100 startup competition in Helsinki, revealed that it has begun trialling the technology within offices and industrial environments in Tallinn.

The Li-Fi technology used by Velmenni in the pilots is able to send data at blazing speeds of up to 1GBps this means that the Li-Fi is 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technologies.
At these speeds, a high-definition films and super awesome movies could be downloaded in just a few seconds. Possibly this might be the 4G or 5G of the Wireless Networks technology.

Li-Fi is the fastest wireless network 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

What to know of Li-Fi
Li-Fi is a wireless technology similar to Wi-Fi which allows data to be sent at high speeds using Visible Light Communication (VLC). The VCL was invented by Professor Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, Li-Fi has several advantages over the traditional Wi-Fi.

    • Li-Fi allows for greater security on local networks as light cannot pass through walls.
    • Less interference between devices.
    • The blazing speed that the technology offers.
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    “We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology,” Deepak Solanki, CEO of Velmenni said.

    “Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the internet in their office space.”

    While Li-Fi may not completely replace Wi-Fi, the technologies could be used in parallel to create more efficient networks. The success of the pilot projects could see Li-Fi technology rolled out for consumers within the next three to four years, according to Solanki, allowing people to access the internet using the light bulbs in their home.

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    The inventor of Li-Fi, Professor Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, has previously claimed that in the future every LED lightbulb could be used as an ultra-fast alternative to Wi-Fi. In a TED talk describing the technology, Haas said that current infrastructure was suitable for the integration of Li-Fi.

    “All we need to do is fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device and this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission,” Haas said. “In the future we will not only have 14 billion light bulbs, we may have 14 billion Li-Fis deployed worldwide for a cleaner, greener and even brighter future.”

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    Source. IBTimes UK


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