Light Communication as a part of 5G and Beyond

deepak solanki

With internet users growing by the minute, comes the great challenge of ensuring faster speeds and higher bandwidths. 5G, the next wireless revolution, comes as a solution that can cater to the endlessly growing base of users. But 5G infrastructure requires denser deployments of small cells within cities having high backhaul capacity. The fibre optic cables can meet this demand but rolling out an extensive fibre network poses deployment complications. Laying down fibre is time consuming and costly process and makes expansion near impossible specifically in developing nations.

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What is Li-Fi?

According to Wikipedia: Li-Fi (ˈlaɪfaɪ; short for light fidelity) is wireless communication technology, which utilizes light to transmit data and position between devices.

In technical terms, Li-Fi is a light communication system (hence based on photonics) that is capable of transmitting data at high speeds over the visible light, ultraviolet, and infrared spectrums. In its present state, only LED lamps can be used for the transmission of visible light.

In terms of its end use, the technology is similar to Wi-Fi – the key technical difference being that Wi-Fi uses radio frequency to transmit data.

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Optical wireless communications technologies for the internet of things

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?

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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.

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