Philips Unveils Li-Fi - A New Technology Set To Provide Super Fast Broadband Internet Through Light

- March 20, 2018

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Have you ever thought if that light bulb in your room could give you an internet connection?

Philips lighting, a Netherlands based lighting company has unveiled its new Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) a technology set to replace the ever popular Wi-Fi technology. Unlike Wi-Fi whose technology is based on radio waves, Li-fi uses light waves as its mode of transmission.

“LiFi has enormous potential for today’s digital age and as the world’s leading lighting company we are proud to pioneer new and innovative services for our customers - Olivia Qiu, Chief Innovation Officer, Philips Lighting.”

“While radio frequencies are becoming congested, the visible light spectrum is an untapped resource with a large bandwidth suitable for the stable simultaneous connection of a vast array of Internet of Things devices. Being a lighting company, we ensure that our customers benefit from the finest quality energy efficient light along with state-of-the-art connectivity,” she added.

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LiFi is a two-way, high-speed wireless technology similar to WiFi but uses light waves instead of radio waves to transmit data. Philips Lighting’s office luminaires enabled with LiFi technology provide broadband connection with a speed of 30 Mb per second (Mb/s) without compromising lighting quality. With 30Mb/s a user can stream simultaneously several HD quality videos while having video calls.

“Icade, the French real estate investment company, is piloting the ground-breaking technology in its smart office in La Defense, Paris. “LiFi has the potential to be a real game changer in offices. As the leader in our market we wanted to explore the possibilities of this technology for existing and future clients. We plan to showcase the technology in our smart office in La Defense, so aside from stable connectivity, light quality is crucial to us  -  Emmanuelle Baboulin, Head of the Commercial Property Investment Division at Icade.”  

What Are The Benefits Of Using  LiFi?

Li-Fi is going to be a big hit because it can be used in places where radio wave frequencies and electrical equipment may interfere or where Wi-Fi signals cannot reach or are weak as in underground metro stations and so on. Li-Fi is relatively more secured than Wi-Fi because it cannot pass through solid walls or roofs because light waves can only pass when allowed. This guarantees tight security and more work for ever hungry Wi-Fi hackers.

So what do you think? Can Li-Fi make it to Nigeria where Wi-Fi isn’t surviving much? Your views are very much appreciated