LuxLive Hosts Its First LiFi Demonstration

Making its debut at LuxLive last week, a live audience was witness to video content played via a LiFi internet connection, in the first ever demonstration at LuxLive of its kind. The experiment was carried out by Dr Harald Burchardt, chief operating officer at pureLiFi, a Scottish company currently developing and delivering LiFi solutions.

The LiFi system was connected via USB to a tablet. When Harald stood directly beneath the Power over Ethernet adapted stage lights, a network was quickly detected. 

Speaking to LuxReview, Harald notes:

“Li-Fi technology has the ability to widen the capacity of our wireless communication options.”

During his talk in the IoT Arena at LuxLive, Harald commented that he does not consider LiFi to be a replacement to Wi-Fi, but wished it instead to be viewed as a, ‘secure extension to already available layers of communication’.

Theoretically, LiFi is quicker than Wi-Fi, although currently this has only been proven in a lab setting. However, it does possess the scope to be even faster in the future.

The innovation is described by experts as a secure, electromagnetic, interference free solution, combining the security of a wired internet connection with the flexibility of Wi-Fi. This coupled with the potential for improved speed and encryption puts LiFi in good stead to be the next technology of choice.

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