Using light as a wireless communication channel is still a very new concept. The Eindhoven-based company, Signify, has now made this technology a little more accessible.
Signify recently launched a new LiFi lighting range called Trulifi. LiFi is wireless communication technology which use light to transmit data and position between devices. Signify’s new range is “the world’s fastest, most reliable LiFi system that is commercially available,” according to a press statement released by the company. This “highly reliable, secure, high-speed wireless communication leverages existing and future lighting infrastructure.”
“Instead of using radio signals, such as WiFi, 4G/5G, Bluetooth, and so on, Trulifi uses light waves to enable highly reliable, secure two-way wireless communications at speeds far above most conventional workplace wireless technologies,” reads the statement.
The new range provides wireless connectivity at speeds up to 150 Mbps over large spaces, such as meeting rooms and office floors. This is fast enough to stream 30 1080p HDTV movies – at the same time. All you need is a USB-access key, plugged into a laptop. The key receives the LiFi signal and acts as an emitter to send data back to the light fitting.
This product is aimed at the professional market. This includes offices, the hospitality, retail, and healthcare sector. These light fitting could be used to, for instance, connect robots or machines in radio frequency (RF) harsh environments. Think of industrial plants, or hospitals, where RF communications may not be permitted. It could also be used when large data files need to be sent and received, securely and quickly.
“Trulifi underlines our strategy to unlock the potential of light to address new high-growth markets. Wherever there is light, there can now be wireless communication,” says Olivia Qiu, Chief Innovation Officer at Signify, in the statement.
Signify already had two global clients lined up at the product launch in June.