LiFi is ready for mass integration, says pureLiFi

March 01, 2019 // By Julien Happich
LiFi is ready for mass integration, says pureLiFi
Catching up with pureLiFi’s CEO Alistair Banham during Mobile World Congress (MWC), eeNews Europe got a glimpse of the future.

The plug-in LiFi module connected to a smartphone
side-by-side with the shrunk optical components embedded in an
HP laptop computer.

To show its readiness for the mobile market and lure smartphone OEMs into integrating LiFi in their next generation of products, the company exhibited a working demonstrator. At the booth, tiny apertures into a standard HP laptop allowed the company’s embedded optical LiFi components to support Gbit data transmission speeds (for the downlink, 400MB/s uplink) between the laptop and a POE-connected LiFi light fixture fitted with a GU10 bulb.

pureLiFi already boasts about 130 LiFi deployments globally in over 20 countries, mostly in corporate offices and campuses. At last year’s MWC, the company had made the first ever skype call using a smartphone connected through a plug-in LiFi module. More and more use cases are cropping up for LiFi on the basis that the wireless optical connection is immune to RF interferences and also considered more private as it does not reach beyond walls.

“In one year, we went from a 43MB/s data throughput to 1Gbit/s and we have significantly shrunk our optical components”, Banham told eeNews Europe, showing the LiFi-equipped smartphone side-by-side with the tiny footprint occupied in the HP laptop. “And that’s in an environment completely stuffed with RF”, he added referring to MWC’s thousands of visitors all trying to connect to WiFi at the same time.

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