Li-Fi Technology to deliver 100 times faster Broadband Speeds

 

The speed of Wi-Fi looks set to be revolutionised with the advent of a whole new system that will deliver extremely impressive speeds. The latest Li-Fi technology is expected to deliver broadband speeds up to 100 times faster than traditional Wi-Fi.

 

What is Li-Fi?

 

The new technology uses light to beam your broadband connection around your home and this makes the delivery super fast. The system had only been tested in the lab but it has now branched out into the real world for trials and initial results look impressive.

 

li-fi setup

 

The system was tested with smart LED lighting that transmits the broadband connection to a users devices and the test delivered an astonishing speed of over 1GB per second – that’s 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi speeds.

 

The Estonian technology company Velmenni is the force behind this latest VLC (visible light communication) system and Deepak Solanki the CEO spoke to IBTimes UK.

 

“Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the Internet in their office space.”

 

The VLC or Li-Fi was invented by Harald Hass in 2011 and it is said to be more reliable that standard Wi-Fi connections. The VLC system uses light in a way similar to Morse code but it is much faster than can be detected by the naked eye.

 

li-fi bulbs

 

It is good news to see this system being trialled outside of the lab but we won’t be seeing it in our homes anytime soon. The existing infrastructure for home broadband and home lights would all need to be replaced at great cost and manufacturers would have to add Li-Fi to their smartphones so unless there is a mass agreement among all concerned to move to this it could be a long way off.

 

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Written by: Carmel Brown

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