LuxSenz: Exploiting Sunlight for Wireless Communication

Marco Zuniga

by Marco Zuniga, TU Delft (Network and Embedded Systems Group)

In this information age, communication is central to our societies but it is taking a toll on the earth. As reported by Time Magazine, by 2013, we were already using 50% more energy moving bytes than moving airplanes around the world. Our societies face a major challenge: How can we satisfy our ever-growing demand for communication but in a sustainable manner?

Any new technology we develop must leave no ecological footprint, or as Bill Gates puts it “we need to go all the way down to zero”. We are investigating a new wireless communication system that relies on a free, abundant and natural resource: sunlight. Our concept operates in a way similar to using a mirror to send morse codes via reflections. We cover objects with smart materials to obtain similar changes in reflections, but without you noticing them.

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Enabling Li-Fi for the Internet of Things: advanced MAC layer aspects

Maximilian Riegel

by Maximilian Riegel, Nokia

The evolution of the Internet of Things will not only dramatically increase the number of connected devices, but will also leverage light communications to further increase the density of connected nodes, to enable ultra-reliable low latency communication, and to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and interference issues of radio signals.

Aside of the efficiency of the physical layer, there are extended requirements to the medium access control (MAC) layer functions of Li-Fi to meet the operational dynamics of IoT applications and the constraints of tiny communication nodes.

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Li-Fi and Industry 4.0

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WIELAND ELECTRIC USES LIFI TECHNOLOGY IN INHOUSE PRODUCTION

Industry 4.0 requires intelligent solutions for networking machines and equipment. So-called LiFi technology is one of them. It uses the light spectrum to transfer data and is a promising alternative to WiFi and Bluetooth, because it is better protected from electromagnetic disturbance in comparison to radio waves and provides real-time capabilities in the microsecond range at data rates up to 1 Gbps. Wieland Electric in Bamberg is investigating how the technological benefits can be utilized in industrial environments. The electronics company uses the new data transmission standard in its in-house production to gain experience and include it in the development of LiFi for industrial communication.

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Industrial Design 4.0 follows Industry 4.0

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SAVE THE DATE: June 13, 2019 – Future of Industrial Design Summit, Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, The Netherlands

The event focuses on Industrial Design 4.0, i.e. industrial design addressing the specifics of smart industry. It is aimed at professional designers who are interested in staying up-to-date with all new technologies, workflow and processes.

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SAVE THE DATE: June 13, 2019 – Future of Industrial Design Summit, Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, The Netherlands

Future of Industrial Design Summit will take place on June 13, 2019, at Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

The event focuses on Industrial Design 4.0, i.e. industrial design addressing the specifics of smart industry. It is aimed at professional designers who are interested in staying up-to-date with all new technologies, workflow and processes.

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Save the date: May 23, 2019 – Strategy Workshop: New Business Opportunities with the Internet of Things

In this one-day strategy workshop you will develop a first new IoT business concept by looking at your own company in a different and fresh way. The workshop is primarily intended for management level professionals who are working on the strategic orientation towards the future of their company. Summarized the strategy workshop’s program is as follows:

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Save the date: October 2, 2019, Industry 4.0 and Photonics, during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week)

Save the date: October 2, 2019, Industry 4.0 and Photonics, during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Find more about Industry 4.0 and Photonics: https://www.isnconference.com/

Find more about Photonic Applications Week (PHAPPS Week): https://phappsweek.com/

Host your own event: https://phappsweek.com/host-your-own-event/

Photonics is key technology for smart factories
Sensor networks for smart industry (industry 4.0 / industrie 4.0) and smart infrastructure are getting more and more essential. Real time information from ‘the real world’ to support decision making and control of vital processes will be an integral part of business processes.

Photonics provides smart factories with optical fibres for high-speed, reliable data communication, fibre lasers for production and sensors for intelligent feedback. One of the most promising developments is the ‘smart laser’, that understand what material it processes, how the process develops and when it is finished. Smart lasers are highly flexible and can adapt to changes in the material, such as shape, reflectivity, thickness and orientation.

The ISN Conference consists of several workshops where endusers and suppliers will meet and discuss what is needed for Smart Industry and how photonics can support this.

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Save the date: September 30, 2019, IoT & Photonics workshops during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week)

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Save the date: September 30, 2019, IoT & Photonics workshops during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

More info about IoT & Photonics workshops: https://iotevent.eu/

More info about Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week): https://phappsweek.com/

Host your own event: https://phappsweek.com/host-your-own-event/

Photonics is a key enabler of the Internet of Things
Without photonics, the interconnectedness of physical devices and their ability to share and analyze information about their surroundings would not be possible.

For its implementation the Internet of Things relies heavily on sensor technology. Sensors need to be small, robust and energy efficient to be embedded in machines, appliances, buildings and infrastructure and succesfully collect data over large periods of time.

Fibre optic sensors – manufactured using photonics technology – are not only more sensitive than existing electromagnetic sensors, but also faster operating, better able to withstand harsh conditions and immune to electromagnetic interference.

Some of the most significant photonics IoT applications are: communications, transportation, environmental monitoring, smart homes, factories, and gadgets.

The IoT event consists of several workshops where endusers and suppliers will meet and discuss what is needed for Internet of Things and how photonics can support this.

Augmented reality beyond the wow-factor – Presented by John Schavemaker, twnkls | augmented reality

Augmented reality beyond the wow-factor – Presented by John Schavemaker, twnkls | augmented reality

In his keynote John will show multiple applications with AR that companies today have in place that increase process efficiency, convince the end customer and are exceeding by far the status of “gimmick”.

For example: how did Otolift manage to use Augmented Reality and reduce its entire process from sale to installation from 38 days to 48 hours?

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The plant of the future starts today! – Presented by Maurice Jilderda, Sitech Services

The plant of the future starts today! – Presented by Maurice Jilderda, Sitech Services, at Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, on January 18, 2019, at Rotterdam AHOY, The Netherlands.

This presentation gives insights in our Industry 4.0 journey. Topics are our 4.0 vision and mission, strategy, solutions and usecases.

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