In what could be termed as a game-changing move in Indian and Asian lighting markets, homegrown lighting major Wipro Lighting, part of Wipro Enterprises (P) Ltd, has signed an agreement with global Li-Fi tech and market leader pureLiFi Ltd, to harness the latter’s technology for developing applications for the wireless communications and lighting market in Asia.
Li-Fi is a high-speed bidirectional fully networked, wireless communication technology that use visible light rather than radio frequencies. According to Wipro, the tech can offer significantly greater security, data rates and densities to support more robust and reliable wireless networks that complement and enhance existing cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The technology “originates” in Edinburgh, Scotland where pureLiFi has consistently driven innovation and released “world leading” products to the market such as the first Li-Fi dongle – LiFi-X and a Li-Fi integrated luminaire which were both showcased at the Mobile World Congress in March this year.
“As a leader in LED lighting solutions, we need to ensure we are providing our customers with the gold standard in lighting innovation. Our partnership with pureLiFi will provide the technology that will ensure we are at the cutting edge of the Li-Fi technology revolution,” says Wipro’s vice president & business head for commercial lighting business Anuj Dhir. “We will now kick-start efforts to add a new revolutionary LiFi lighting concept to our portfolio of innovative products with the help of pureLiFi.”
Harald Burchardt, chief commercial officer, pureLiFi Ltd adds, “Working with LED lighting forerunners like Wipro will help us bring Li-Fi to life in Asia and drive a new wave of connectivity that can offer unprecedented data and bandwidth.”
Burchardt adds, “Each year the world utilises 60% more wireless data than the previous one, and the number of connected devices such as mobile phones and smart devices is growing exponentially, likely to be in excess of 50 billion by 2020. If Internet users are going to continue to live in the wireless cloud with wearables, virtual reality and in a fully connected world, we need new wireless technology such as Li-Fi to realise this future.”
pureLiFi and Wipro Lighting, he avers, have formed a partnership that can provide new products to the market that will revolutionise the future of wireless communications and lighting in Asia and beyond.