Philips Lighting has announced it will be enabling LiFi lighting equipment in its portfolio. According to the company, it is world’s first company to connect lighting and Internet of Things, providing the broadband connection through the light.

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Philips Lighting: LiFi

Before we go ahead, let’s talk about LiFi (Light Fidelity). LiFi was coined by Harald Haas in 2011 at TED Global Talk. It is a Visible Light Communications (VLC) system running wireless communications traveling at very high speeds. It uses common household LED light bulbs to enable data transfer, boasting speeds of up to 224 gigabits per second.

Unlike the current solutions using radio waves, LiFi is a dual-path, high-speed wireless technology similar to WiFi but uses light waves to transmit data securely. Well, with this addition, customers get the double benefit of high-quality, energy-efficient LED lighting and an extremely secure and stable connection.

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LiFi can be also be used in places where radio waves can interfere with other equipment (like hospitals), or where WiFi signals cannot arrive or are weak as the subway. Moreover, LiFi guarantees an additional level of security because the light can not cross solid walls, and direct exposure is always necessary to access the network.

Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips Lighting said;

Our reputation for innovation is unrivalled in our industry and this year we’ve raised the bar even higher. Our latest LED innovations range from beautiful vintage-looking lamps to equipping some of our most popular office luminaires to provide LiFi, a game-changing technology that allows broadband Internet through light waves.


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