Research carried out at Oregon State University suggests that the bandwidth of Wi-Fi systems could be boosted by 10 times or more through utilising LED lights as transmitters of information. The new technology utilises ordinary LED lights to transmit data around the home or office as part of an integrated Wi-Fi network.
Traditional Wi-Fi routers are disadvantaged by interference in areas where there are multiple devices in a space, while a “Li-Fi” network can use multiple lights to transmit data without encountering interference. Both Wi-Fi and Li-Fi systems have the potential to send data at around 100 megabits per second, but while one Wi-Fi router must divide the bandwidth by the number of users logged into the system, a hybrid system utilising LED lighting could provide a much faster connection.
The obvious entry point into market is integration with existing Wi-Fi systems where high density areas like shopping centres and airports creates bandwidth challenges.
The potential of Li-Fi is somewhat unexplored, but the implications for a tech concept like the Internet of Things, which will be driven by the quantity of objects that can be ‘connected’, could be significant.
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