Are you tired of this image, slow loading times and an unreliable internet connection? Well luckily for you this may all become a thing of the past as Li-Fi wireless technology takes centre stage.
Li-Fi is a light based technology that delivers high-speed internet connection in a similar way as Wi-Fi, with the main difference being that Li-Fi is delivered by light, while Wi-Fi uses radio waves.
You can expect to hear a lot more about Li-Fi technology as scientists have recently started to trial it in Estonia, reporting that it can achieve data transmission at 1 GB per second – which is 100 times faster than the current average Wi-Fi speeds.
Deepak Solanki, CEO of Estonian tech company, Velmenni, told IBTimes UK. “We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology,”
Solanki also added “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.”
One of the benefits of Li-Fi replacing Wi-Fi, other than potentially much faster speeds, is that of security. Because light cannot pass through walls it will be a lot more secure, and this also means there’s less interference between devices.
There is a flip side to devices not being able to pass through walls, as it would affect the connection on devices outside the room in which your LI-Fi resides. So while it is unlikely that we will completely get rid of Wi-Fi we might soon see a Wi-Fi/Li-Fi hybrid system to get the best of both worlds.
Harald Hass co-founder of PureLiFI (One of the leaders in Li-Fi technology) goes into more detail about this ground breaking technology his TED talk which you can watch here.
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