LiFi experts join telecoms industry alliance

Researchers at the University are joining forces with leading telecoms companies to promote light-based internet communications technologies.

The Light Communications Alliance (LCA) aims to enable the global adoption of devices and systems in the emerging market, which is forecast to be worth US$75 billion by 2025.

A pioneering technology developed at the University of Edinburgh known as LiFi, and its associated spin-out company pureLiFi, will be involved in the Alliance, whose members include Nokia and Liberty Global.

Alliance members

Organisations from the communications, lighting, infrastructure and device manufacturing industries are aiming to create and advocate standards for the developing industry.

Also joining the non-profit LCA are Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), and LEDVANCE.

Its additional members are Lucibel, Velmenni, Zero.1, CEA Leti and Institut Mines-Télécom.

Faster communications

Light communications technologies are designed to work with 5G wireless systems and with Wi-Fi.

They use the relatively large bandwidth of visible light, which can deliver larger amounts of data faster and with greater security compared with radio-based systems.

LiFi works by converting data into light signals which are transferred by LED bulbs. The wireless system has the potential to deliver massive bandwidth and higher speeds for short-range communications.

It can be integrated easily alongside traditional wireless technology such as Wi-Fi.

Supporting innovation

Light-based communications are aimed at supporting the internet of things, in which devices communicate with one another.

They are also useful in challenging environments such as below ground or underwater.

The LCA is open to all industries spanning light and communications, such as silicon chip manufacturers, network operators and lighting manufacturers.

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