The maiden Global LiFi Congress is scheduled to be held from February 8-9 next year in Paris, France. Organised by LiFi Event, a subsidiary of ERI Editions, it aims to gather various players in the Li-Fi domain under one roof to explore economic possibilities of the technology deployment.
Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) wireless communications technology, pioneered by German engineer Prof Harald Haas, uses LED light bulbs to transmit not just light but also the Internet data more securely, safely and faster than Wi-Fi. The technology is poised to disrupt the three major industries: lighting, solar, and communications.
“Today, Li-Fi is a mature and ready-to-use technology. Our aim is to bring together the various Li-Fi players on one platform to exchange views on the prospects of Li-Fi, which is now transitioning in to the economical deployment phase. The Li-Fi is an essential complement of Wi-Fi and 5G in the next decade,” Maxime Dubois, project manager, LiFi Event, the show’s organiser exclusively told SEL. “Li-Fi is a technology that has great development prospects as it offers solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow. For example, Li-Fi does not use radio waves to transmit the Internet, but light. Also, light transmissions respond to the problem of wave saturation, health problems related to waves, etc. According to studies the Li-Fi market will represent $ 75-billion in 2023.”
Dubois added that the Global LiFi Congress is an international event that would bring together all the international actors of the Li-Fi. It will be an opportunity for them to be present and to interact with these actors to know about the latest technological advances, meet future economic partners and seize business opportunities.
The topics for the discussion at the congress have been segregated into Business and Scientific. The former includes Li-Fi: from Technology to Business, The Business Future of Li-Fi, Li-Fi and the Smart City, Li-Fi in Healthcare, Li-Fi able to Fly, Li-Fi and Indoor Positioning, Li-Fi beyond 5G. The latter includes VLC-based Indoor Positioning Systems, LED-based Communication for IoT, Optical Devices and Components for Li-Fi, Li-Fi for Outdoor Applications (Smart Lighting, Transportation, Smart City), Beyond 5G with VLC / Li-Fi, Li-Fi for Medical Applications, High speed setups and Protocols, Regulation and Standardisation.
Experts including Benjamin Azoulay, CEO, OLEDCOMM; Dr Joerg Benze, program manager, T-Systems MMS; Olivier Bouchet, project Leader, Orange; Stephan Lauer, industry manager for lighting, Wieland Electric; Gil Riemenschneider, project manager Li-Fi, RATP; Gunter Paoli, chairman, Novamont; Cyril, brand manager, BE Avionique, Air France will be present. The final list of scientist speakers, he informed, will be disclosed in November.
Visitors to the event will include CEOs and CTOs of major international companies in telecommunications, aviation, transport, new technologies, buildings spaces, he also informed. “We expect 800 people to attend the conferences over two days. It is also possible to visit only the congress at the exhibition area, for which we expect several hundred people from all over the world, including the US, France, the UK, China, Japan, India, Canada, Germany, Spain, among others.”
The Global LiFi Congress, Dubios said, has formed a scientific committee comprising the “best scientists working on Li-Fi technology from Boston University, University of Oxford, University of Science and Technology of China, National Taiwan University.” The Global LiFi Congress is supported by IEEE.