IoT and Li-Fi: Interoperability and business impact

Farid Bichareh

by Farid Bichareh, CTO AASA Inc – 01LightComm, IIC Smart Factory Co-Chair

In today’s World, the most important element of success for any business, industry or even person’s life is to be connected and have realtime access to the constant stream of data being generated by the environment, devices and processes that we interact with. This means that our World becomes data-driven to enrich our decisions and planning, and give us more control over our lives.

The implementation of data-driven World through IoT/IIoT solutions has some connectivity challenges when it comes to reliable bidirectional communication, security, safety, energy consumption, bandwidth, operability, adoption, and standardization. To overcome some of these challenges, RF has started to transit from cm-wave to mm-wave known as 5th generation of RF wireless communication, or 5G. Despite of this development, due to characteristics of radio frequency, there are still several shortcomings that need to be addressed to make the connected World concept comes true.

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Optical wireless communications technologies for the internet of things

Dominic O'Brien

by Dominic O’Brien, Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a wide range of implementation challenges, including ensuring security, lowering energy consumption, and providing reliable communications. Optical Wireless Communications (OWC) and LiFi can assist in achieving this, and provide secure contained communications channels, energy that can be harvested by IoT nodes, and critically; new regions of the electromagnetic spectrum to alleviate the demands on the congested RF spectrum.

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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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IoT communication goes Photonic, via Li-Fi

A podcast on Internet of Things and Li-Fi as a warm-up for the IoT Event, 30 September on IoT and Li-Fi at High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

The 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. Continue reading “IoT communication goes Photonic, via Li-Fi”

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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Optical Wireless Communication for the Internet of Things

by Prof. Jean-Paul Linnartz, research Fellow, Signify / Signify Li-Fi systems

The Internet of Things (IoT) drives a rapid growth of the amount of data communication as tens of Billions of devices will communicate, with widely varying communication requirements. Today’s IoT is predominantly narrowband. Yet, we also foresee increasing demands for high speed communication at with critical Quality of Service requirements, 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.

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