Philips Lighting, soon to be renamed as ‘Signify’, on Monday said that it has introduced its Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) — a technology which transmits broadband Internet data using LED light bulbs.
“As the lighting company for the Internet of Things (IoT), Philips Lighting is the first global lighting company to offer LiFi-enabled luminaires from its existing office lighting portfolio,” the company’s chief innovation officer said Olivia Qiu said.
Elaborating the benefits of Li-Fi, Olivia, said “Li-Fi has enormous potential for today’s digital age and as the world’s leading lighting company we are proud to pioneer new and innovative services for our customers. While radio frequencies are becoming congested, the visible light spectrum is an untapped resource with a large bandwidth suitable for the stable simultaneous connection of a vast array of IoT devices. Being a lighting company, we ensure that our customers benefit from the finest quality energy efficient light along with state-of-the-art connectivity.”
Underscoring the advantages of Li-Fi over Wi-Fi, she said that the technology offers benefits over Wi-Fi as it can be used in places such as hospitals, where radio frequencies may interfere with equipment, or where Wi-Fi signals cannot reach or are weak, such as underground. Other user cases include environments demanding high security such as the back office of a financial institution or government service. Li-Fi adds an extra layer of security as light cannot pass through solid walls and a line-of-sight t