IoT communication goes Photonic, via Li-Fi

subscribe to our newsletterThe Internet of Things (IoT) drives a rapid growth of the amount of data communication as tens of Billions of devices will communicate. Today’s IoT is predominantly narrowband. Yet, we also foresee increasing demands for communication at high Quality of Service, such as guaranteed high bit rates at low latency. A wide range of future IoT applications, i.e. flexible manufacturing, augmented reality and autonomous cars require the exchange of sensor and video data, processed in the cloud, while doing real-time remote control of autonomous devices.

Optical Wireless Communication (OWC) is very well positioned to provide high speed, latency-free communication for these applications. By networking multiple OWC-enabled access points, one can build a new mobile communication system integrated with lighting. At the moment, first generations of of Li-Fi system, based on visible or InfraRed LEDs are rolled out, based on the new ITU  standard, but the potential for OWC goes much further.

While radio communication systems eagerly aim to achieve better performance, we see that the complexity of the proposed radio systems explodes, to copy with the increasing congestion and mutual interference. Theoretically achievable data rates of radio systems are impressive, yet the practical experience is that Wi-Fi often gives poor connectivity, particularly in dense areas.

Li-Fi has key advantages: In critical applications radio signals can easily be jammed. Radio reception is hampered by reception problems is environments with lots of metals, such as factory halls. While radio spectrum is densely populated, communication via light can use vast amounts unlicensed optical spectrum. This, in addition to the ability to steer laser light beams precisely the location of the client devices, excellently positions optical communication to connect the IoT of the future.

The future IoT can be enabled by OWC providing networked mobile communication using the light. Moreover, identifiers in the light can provide accurate positioning information, to support for instance asset tracking and to guide autonomous vehicles. 

This event brings you an update on a number of recent developments and looks further into the future.

Topics of the conference:
  • Li-Fi Taking off in the market
  • Li-Fi for IoT
  • Li-Fi for Industry 4.0
  • Li-Fi and 5G
  • Li-Fi standardization
  • Realisation of Li-FI systems, Silicon Integration ICs for LiFi
Who should attend:
  • Hardware Manufacturers
  • Telecoms Professionals
  • Service Providers
  • Operators
  • Platform Providers
  • Investors
  • Smart Meter Manufacturers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Data Scientists
  • Business Analysts
  • Government
  • M2M Platorm Providers
This event is part of the Photonics Applications Week. A week where professionals from several applications areas meet industry professionals.

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