An Edinburgh-based company, pureLiFi, is partnering with communications and lighting leaders to form a global association called the Light Communications Alliance (LCA).
The members of the group will work on developing and refining the key use cases and deployment applications of next-generation light communication technologies; which includes Light Fidelity (LiFI) and Optical Camera Communications (OCC).
LCA members, which includes Nokia, Emirates Integrated and Liberty Global, will also advocate the use of standards for this emerging industry.
Light Communication technologies have been attracting significant attention in recent years. Global Market Insights predicts that the LiFi market will be worth around $75 billion by 2025, and has the potential to create broad, far-reaching opportunities for a host of industries and sectors.
These technologies can complement and enhance 5G wireless communications and other radio frequency technologies such as WiFi. By utilising its greater spectrum range, light can be used to deliver larger volumes of data at far faster speeds – and with greater security.
For pureLiFi, this marks a “significant milestone” in LiFi’s journey to mass market adoption, the company said. The Edinburgh scale-up has pioneered the development and use of the light communication technology.
Alistair Banham, pureLiFi CEO, commented: “The founding members of the LCA represent the highest standard in lighting and communications. pureLiFi is honoured to be a founding member alongside these industry leaders and believes the Alliance will have the influence to drive education and greatly accelerate the global adoption of LiFi.
“We look forward to supporting the growth of this organisation over the coming years.”
Last year, pupils at an Ayrshire secondary school, Kyle Academy, were among the first to benefit from pureLiFi’s next-generation high-speed internet as part of a pilot scheme. Students were able to connect their laptops to specially-designed LiFi stations, which greatly improve connectivity in classrooms at the school.
The firm also showcased its technology at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, while last November saw the firm’s tech presented to Chinese Premier Xi Jinping at China’s International Import Expo in Shanghai.
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Harald Burchardt, pureLiFi CCO, said: “pureLiFi have deployed LiFI solutions around the world, spanning 24 countries. Our customers want to see the Light Communications ecosystem grow so that they can leverage the opportunities that will arise from global standards, certification and interoperability within this growing market. These are key for LiFi’s mass adoption.
“The LCA will help deliver the global consistent message our industry demands and be a significant catalyst for the growth of the LiFi market.”