LiFi Task Force for Interoperability Testing and Acceleration of Market Adoption

LiFi is capitalizing on the well-established G.hn ecosystem, using G.vlc as the ITU-T standard that extended wireline G.hn technology to LiFi. Innovating the usage of the light spectrum beyond the frequency spectrum was only the 1st major step. The time is now ripe to connect the dots and take the connectivity to the next level. HomeGrid Forum’s LiFi Task Force was created to help transform wireless communications and accelerate the market adoption through interoperability testing.

A presentation by Livia Rosu, President HomeGrid Forum.

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Question 1: What drives you?
The capabilities of G.hn technology are critical success factors for enabling an endless list of applications, ranging from home networking to broadband access flavors of the fiber extension topologies, from smart cities to smart grid, from Industrial to LiFi use cases. Embedding G.hn chipsets allows the modulation of the light waves to transmit data and to provide backhaul over existing wires, such as powerline. By leveraging the lighting infrastructure, you get the best of both worlds: a great lighting experience and a high speed wireless G.hn-encoded LiFi connection with a reliable G.hn wired backbone.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your session?
By working together as an industry, we can ensure the end-to-end coexistence and interoperability that is needed to build the LiFi ecosystem on the solid G.hn foundation, critical condition for encouraging competition and innovation at all levels.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
As digital transformation accelerates to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast connectivity, LiFi started to play a critical role in complementing Wi-Fi and providing a secure, reliable and spectrum-saving solution for the long term innovation. LiFi enables data to be transmitted between multiple connected devices with the light spectrum providing low latency and avoiding the interruption that can often happen with congested radio frequency spectrum. It is also important to recognize the need for the wired backbone, instrumental in maintaining the robustness of the links and the network resilience.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
The G.hn standard-based innovations and implementation flavors of the Li-Fi technology can benefit a wide range of use cases: smart cities IoT connectivity for public transportation, emergency services in hospitals, medical robots delivering equipment and drugs to surgery departments of hospitals, pharma IoT connected devices and processes, meeting rooms in offices highly sensitive to data security, connectivity in schools and universities, guiding services in museums and exhibitions, bandwidth Internet connectivity for airline passengers, emergency communication during disaster management operations, Industrial IoT products, artificial Intelligence conducted Industry 4.0 processes, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, military equipment, submarine communication systems, underground and underwater communication systems and many more.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Through wide industry collaboration efforts, all barriers can be lowered.

About Livia Rosu
Holding a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Computer Science, Rosu built her career on a solid foundation of the telecommunications industry-wide collaboration framework. She served eight years as Internet Business Development Officer and Head of External Relations for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). She led with her resilience, mitigation skills and advocacy of market and technological convergence to aid the establishment of partnerships with key industry alliances and organizations, such as Broadband Forum (BBF), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the IPv6 Forum. She also served as an active contributor on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet Society Advisory Council (ISOC-AC) and European Commission committees in charge of open standards and protocols for the IP-connectivity and administration.

Dedicated to the development and standardization of revolutionary technologies, Rosu has spent the last decade as HomeGrid Forum Marketing Work Group Chair and Board member, being a passionate ambassador for G.hn technology. She has been instrumental in unlocking G.hn’s high connectivity potential for the wider broadband industry and has worked tirelessly to foster industry-wide collaboration for many market segments and applications.

Rosu has also led the call for service providers to unite forces to deliver end-to-end broadband connectivity to an ever-increasing portion of the world’s population and was responsible for the GiGAWire Alliance and HomeGrid Forum combining forces to create a global effort committed to compliance and interoperability of G.hn as a critical component of the Fiber to The Extension Point (FTTep) architecture. This initiative is key to accelerating the deployment of high-quality broadband services worldwide through strong collaboration among all industry partners, HGF members and technology innovators.

There is also a high level of synergy between her role as President of the HomeGrid Forum and her role at MaxLinear, where she is crucial in driving forward the company’s competitive positioning and business development strategy with system vendors, service providers and alliances for G.hn-based home connectivity, broadband access deployments and connected devices. Prior to joining MaxLinear, Rosu worked at Marvell Technology supporting G.hn system vendors that required Plug & Play capabilities. Her dedication and work with the HGF Accredited Test Houses accelerated the process of ensuring interoperability and encouraged the system developers to produce record numbers of certified home networking devices for network operator and retail deployments.

About Homegrid Forum
HomeGrid Forum (HGF) is an industry alliance formed to support the development and deployment of a unified coaxial, phoneline, powerline, and plastic optical fiber home networking technology called G.hn (Gigabit Home Networking). G.hn technology is based on standards developed by the UN’s International Telecommunications Union – Telecom (ITU-T) standards development organization.

Livia Rosu is speaker at the 2022 edition of the LiFi Conference.

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