US Army expands deployment of LiFi

US Army expands deployment of LiFi

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By Nick Flaherty

PureLiFi in Scotland has secured a second multi-million-dollar deal to supply the US Army with thousands of units of its LiFi Defence system, Kitefin.

This uses free-space light modulation to carry data which is more secure than WiFi or 4G and 5G. PureLiFi has demonstrated a mobile phone with integrated LiFI (see video below).

“The Kitefin system is now officially disrupting the ecosystem of wireless defence technologies. Kitefin provides the latest advancement s protecting mission critical communications and has the potential to save missions and lives,” said Alistair Banham, CEO of pureLiFi.

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This follows a $4.2m deal earlier in the year that was the largest rollout of LiFi technology so far despite a number of trials around the world, including with BMW.

“The US Army Europe is expanding their use of this cutting-edge technology as LiFi has proven to be reliable for the most critical communications. LiFi not only enhances the US Army’s wireless connectivity toolset, but has demonstrated in action, that LiFi solves real problems faced by defence and national security,” said Andrew Foreman,USAREUR-AF Chief Technology Officer.

“LiFi technologies answer all three of the serious issues associated with the RF portion of the spectrum. First, due to the low probability of detection, jamming, and intrusion, FSO and LiFi offer an extremely survivable form of communications when in direct conflict with a near-peer adversary,” he said.

pureLiFi is offering high-speed components ready for integration into consumer electronics such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets, with a view of taking LiFi mainstream and offering unprecedented bandwidth, ultra-fast speeds and military grade security to the consumer.

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