The First School To Deploy LiFi And The First LiFi Network Desk Lamp Appeared

- Sep 02, 2018-

Kyle School in Southern Ireland, Scotland, will be the first school in the world to use LED lights as a network medium for data transmission.——LiFi

Recently, Kyle School student Toby Nixon, pureLiFi CEO Alistair Banham, Scottish Energy and Interconnection Minister Paul Wheelhouse and pureLi-Fi founder Professor Harald Haas launched the Li-Fi technology experiment at the school.——LiFi


The Li-Fi trial is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and is supervised by the Scottish Futures Trust, which supports the Scottish government's digital strategy. The Scottish government, through its Digital Schools initiative, has also provided 16,000 ($140,000) for the installation of equipment to pilot projects. The Scottish Li-Fi pioneer pureLiFi and the University of Edinburgh LiFi R&D center provide resources for practical support and follow-up testing for the pilot.——LiFi

The experiment used PureLiFi's LiFi-XC system, which included eight LiFi-enabled LED bulbs mounted on the ceiling. Students could use the LiFi-XC workstation to plug them into their laptops and connect at high speed through the lights.——LiFi


Li-Fi uses light instead of radio waves in Wi-Fi to transmit data. It provides unprecedented bandwidth and improves the learning environment by providing high-bandwidth learning materials such as video and e-books that significantly enhance classroom connectivity. With the increase of networking devices in classrooms, installing Li-Fi on Wi-Fi provides additional bandwidth to reduce network congestion and enable students to transmit educational videos and download resources.——LiFi

Pure Li Fi says the project makes Kyle the first school in the world to actually test Li-Fi technology in its classroom. Professor Harald Haas, founder of PureLi-Fi, said: "Li-Fi was born in Scotland and was raised in my 2011 TED Global Speech. Seven years later, I was delighted to see the first real deployment of Li-Fi in Scotland.——LiFi

"It's exciting to be the first school in the world to deploy LiFi, especially since LiFi is an innovative technology born in Scotland," said Kyle student Toby Nixon.——LiFi

Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland's energy and interconnection minister, said after learning about the trial, "We are delighted to be able to support Scottish companies whose complementary emerging technologies are likely to change the transmission of wireless broadband communications." "Kyle School's proof-of-concept experiment has accumulated potential and valuable experience for us to understand the development of 5G technology."——LiFi

Harald Haas of the University of Edinburgh, UK, created the term "Li-Fi" in 2011 and PureLiFi, with the support of the Scottish government, is engaged in the research on the production of visible light communication technology. In 2014, the first generation of Li-Fi products came out, enabling bidirectional data transmission, but only open purchases for partner customers. In 2016, the LiFi-X product rate of the company was 40 Mb/s. In 2018, the LiFi-XC product rate was 43 Mb/s.——LiFi

Researchers develop the first LiFi network desk lamp

Another development in the use of Li-Fi technology in classrooms is that the world's first desk lamp with Li-Fi technology, designed for libraries and classroom scenes, has emerged: the Alexandre Picciotto C-224. It was designed by Alexandre Picciotto, a graduate of the Art Institute of Lausanne, Switzerland, in collaboration with Oledcomm, a French technology company.——LiFi


This lamp is very suitable for a library or classroom, as long as the light, so that mobile phones, computers, etc., like WI-FI wireless Internet access. It is worth mentioning that the C-224 is equipped with an infrared transmitter. Even when the lamp is turned off, the desk lamp can be connected to the Internet using invisible infrared technology, allowing you to connect to the Internet without turning on the lamp.——LiFi




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Picciotto points out that the shape design of diffusers is that the light and Li-Fi network will cover the entire desktop.

Another reason for its use in libraries and classrooms is that Li-Fi is still technically difficult, including its inability to penetrate walls and its exposure to sunlight when used outdoors.——LiFi

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