LiFi is a wireless communication system that uses the frequencies generated by LED bulbs to transmit high-speed data.
Downloading HD movies, music albums or any large files at “lightning speed” will soon be made available in the UAE, according to the CEO of Dubai-based technology company Zero.1.
French expat Marc Fleschen, CEO of Zero.1, told reporters on Monday that LiFi (Light Fidelity), a new wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using light rather than radio band, will be available at the end of the year in municipal and commercial sectors while select residential areas will experience it by next year.
LiFi is a wireless communication system that uses the frequencies generated by LED bulbs to transmit high-speed data. Simply put, it is the optical version of WiFi, but Fleschen says LiFi is 100 times faster than the conventional WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) with a speed of more than 10 Gbps, allowing an HD film to be downloaded within 30 seconds.
“Our initial focus is on smart-city development and the development of the internet.We are proud to say that in conjunction with our project partner du, we have been able to initiate the first demonstration of its kind in the Middle East. Working with du we look forward to the roll-out of our LiFi applications in the Dubai ‘Smart City’ platform and the retail sector as the year unfolds,” Fleschen elaborates.
He adds: “LiFi is not a replacement for WiFi but it will drastically boost the network speed.”
Another advantage of LiFi, according to Felschen is security. “LiFi does not travel between walls which make the data more secure. LiFi does not interfere with radio signals and is safe to use in radio frequency sensitive environments such as aircraft, nuclear plants, and oil rigs. It is also safer for environments such as hospitals, medical centres, and schools.”
“LiFi will change the way we work, play and manage our daily lives. This technology brings Dubai’s ambition to be a ‘Smart City’ to life. It provides endless possibilities for the Internet of Things (IoT), the connection between people and things,” he adds.
Fleschen explains, “Any private or public lighting including street lamps can be used to provide LiFi hotspots and the same communications and sensor infrastructure can be used to monitor and control lighting and data. IoS and Android Smartphones can be connected directly using LiFi. Short range links give very high data-speeds and best possible data security. LiFi driven geo-localisation services allow users to benefit from on-the-spot location and services information.”
“The beauty of this technology is its simplicity. Every LED light bulb could be converted into a wireless router with the addition of a small microchip. The conversion LED lights will also reduce carbon emissions and result in conservation of energy.”
Zero.1 has recently signed a partnership with UAE-based telecommunications service provider du and together they have demonstrated the capability of LiFi technology. They will commercially launch applications in the UAE soon.
Source : Khaleej Time
|Why is LiFi better than WiFi?
100X Faster than WiFi
It has 10,000 times the frequency spectrum of radio
It is more secure
It is unimpeded by radio interference (no electromagnetic smog)
It gives greater coverage than a single WiFi router
No saturation of bandwidth
Eco-friendly – Two devices in one, light and data transmission
The average range of a LiFi driver can vary from $5-$70 (Dh18-Dh255) depending on the functions, according to Zero.1. They also offer a high-end design lamp to retail under $1000 (Dh3,650). Other packages of varying functionalities are offered for less. In a few years LiFi-enabled LED will be supplied telecom operators as source of Ethernet connection.
The main limitation of LIFI it that it does not connect through walls. This makes it much more secure than WiFi but means it has a shorter footprint. LiFi is a short distance communication network working much like Bluetooth