AIPC Global and Fraunhofer introduce a range of LiFi technology products and solutions under the brand name " Schnell LiFi "
Li-Fi (short for light fidelity) is a technology for wireless communication between devices using light to transmit data and position. In technical terms, Li-Fi is a visible light communications system that is capable of transmitting data at high speeds over the visible light spectrum, ultraviolet and infrared radiation. The working principle is simple. A light-emitting diode (LED) on the transmitter is switched on and off so quickly, that it is undetectable by the human eye. This emitting light is then picked by a photodiode on the receiver which converts the signal into electrical impulses.
LiFi vs Wi-Fi
In terms of its end-use it is similar to Wi-Fi, but LiFi has major advantages. Using the globally available spectrum of light provides an enormous amount of available bandwidth and therefore higher net data rates. The system also features real-time capabilities. Elaborating on that - As Wi-Fi was originally developed for computer communication, it provides packet-based, asynchronous data transmission but LiFi sends data continuously, making it comparable to streaming. LiFi is also advantageous in building links that are parallel to and can run without interferences between other individual data links. In addition, LiFi allows for a high density of data transmission cells of which each can respectively access 100 percent of the available bandwidth. The line of sight criteria does pose some challenges, but most users see it as being extremely advantageous from the perspective of data security. So while visible light and infrared radiation are unable to penetrate surrounding walls of a room, the data being transmitted cannot be accessed by any form or method outside the walls. This makes LiFi a very secure means of communication.
Technology details of LiFi
LiFi technology uses light from light-emitting diodes(LEDs) as a medium to deliver networked, mobile, high-speed communication in a similar manner to Wi-Fi. The Li-Fi market is projected to be worth over $6 billion per year by 2020. Visible light communications (VLC) works by switching the current to the LEDs off and on at a very high rate, too quick to be noticed by the human eye. Although Li-Fi LEDs would have to be kept on to transmit data, they could be dimmed to below human visibility while still emitting enough light to carry data. The light waves cannot penetrate walls which makes a much shorter range, though more secure from hacking, relative to Wi-Fi. Direct line of sight is not necessary for Li-Fi to transmit a signal; light reflected off the walls can achieve 70 Mbit/s. Li-Fi has the advantage of being useful in electromagnetic sensitive areas such as in aircraft cabins, hospitals and nuclear power plants without causing electromagnetic interference. Both Wi-Fi and Li-Fi transmit data over the electromagnetic spectrum, but whereas Wi-Fi utilizes radio waves, Li-Fi uses visible light, Ultraviolet and Infrared. While the US Federal Communications Commission has warned of a potential spectrum crisis because WiFi is close to full capacity, Li-Fi has almost no limitations on capacity. The visible light spectrum is 10,000 times larger than the entire radio frequency spectrum. Researchers have reached data rates of over 224 Gbit/s, which is much faster than typical fast broadband. Li-Fi is expected to be ten times cheaper than Wi-Fi.
About Fraunhofer, Germany
Founded in 1949 with headquarters in Munich, Germany, the Fraunhofer Society is a German research organization with 69 institutes spread throughout Germany, each focusing on different fields of applied science. It employs around 24,500 people, mainly scientists and engineers. The annual research budget of the organisation is approximately 2.1 Billion Euros. Some basic funding for the Fraunhofer Society is provided by the state but more than 70% of the funding is earned through contract work, either for government-sponsored projects or from industry.
AIPC Global - Fraunhofer Partnership
AIPC Global consistently works with a couple of institutes within the Fraunhofer Society in Germany to commercialise various cutting edge technology products and provide solutions to large customers and governments worldwide. Some of our work includes cutting-edge solutions in technology niches such as Submarine Cable Systems, Optical Wireless Communication, Blockchain Technology, Solar Energy, Renewable Products, AgriTech Products, etc.
In early 2017, AIPC Global UG and Fraunhofer signed an agreement to acquire customers via Use Cases and provide LiFi technology products and solutions. Target audience being government organisations, OEM's, Smart Cities, Corporate Customers as well as
industrial SME's within the Asia Pacific region. This gave birth to a line of LiFi products currently known under the brand name of Schnell LiFi. Today AIPC's Schnell LiFi range of products include indoor as well as outdoor LiFi products and solutions. As you would expect from any German company, the Schnell LiFi range of products are of an extremely high quality and are manufactured in Germany with a very high focus on precision. Governments of various countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India, Dubai, Malaysia, etc are now keen to explore Schnell LiFi products and solutions.
We are also working with the defence departments of various countries, the aviation industry, logistics, warehousing industry, transport departments, etc to introduce the Schnell LiFi range of products and solutions.
Our aim is to work closely with the governments of various nations to understand their pain points especially those that are closely related to the general public. We then intend to collaboratively evolve Schnell LiFi Infrastructure Solutions for the benefit of the general public in various nations. We are always keen to engage in Public-Private partnerships in various countries.
Sunshine Coast Smart City Centre Project
AIPC Global has been in touch with the Sunshine Coast Council in QLD, Australia since 2010 for various project opportunities. When the Council expressed their interest for showcasing the Schnell LiFi products, AIPC agreed to showcase its Schnell LiFi Indoor product. The Sunshine Coast Smart City Centre offered AIPC the unique advantage to present Schenll LiFi Products and Solutions to QLD as well as to the whole of Australia including for the media, general public, dignitaries, businesses and council staff.
Application Examples of LiFi include:-
Home and building automation
It is predicted that future home and building automation will be highly dependent on the Schnell Li-Fi technology for being secure and fast. As the light cannot penetrate through walls, the signal cannot be hacked from a remote location. Hence for Smart Home & Office Buildings - Schenll LiFi provides alternative or complementary communication technology to Wi-Fi in homes, offices for Internet browsing and data streaming.
In contrast to radio frequency waves used by Wi-Fi, lights cannot penetrate through walls and doors. This makes Schnell LiFi more secure and makes it easier to control who can connect to a network.
Schnell Li-Fi may allow communication with other marine systems underwater. This is however under investigation. But a potential Use Case might be that - Most remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) use cables to transmit command, but the length of cables then limits the area ROVs can detect. However, as a light wave could travel through water, Schnell Li-Fi could be potentially implemented on underwater vehicles to receive and send back signals.
Many treatments now involve multiple individuals, Schnell Li-Fi system could be a better system to transmit communication about the information of patients. Besides providing a higher speed, light waves also have little effect on medical instruments and human bodies. So Schnell Li-Fi is a potential alternative to RF-based wireless networks, as communication through light can provide faster and more accurate operation of these devices, without causing any interference. Additionally, Schnell Li-Fi could be also an alternative for onboard communication in medical devices.
A promising application for Schnell Li-Fi is Car-to-Car or Car-to-x communication. Vehicles could communicate with one another via front and back lights to increase road safety. Schnell LiFi could also be potentially implemented on street lights (via smart lamp posts) and traffic signals to provide information about road traffic situations, accidents, parking information, etc.
Schnell Li-Fi can replace other data communication devices such as slip rings and connectors for industrial applications. Since it is real-time capable, it can be implemented for automation processes as well.
We are currently inviting enquiries from public and private bodies for a Free or Paid trial Use Case which might include any of the below scenarios:-
Hard to connect places/geographies (remote areas, remote islands, natural reserves, parks, zoos, farms, bushes, etc)
Supplement Existing WiFi Capacities without the need for additional cables in public or private spaces (wherever public spaces need high-speed secure internet or network connectivity) (boardrooms, offices, conference rooms, meeting rooms, etc)
Smart City Connectivity via public lampposts or private lighting (Lampposts connected to relay information)
Indoor Positioning Systems in Retail Industry (Schnell LiFi Smart Stations inside Shopping Malls that can relay product specific or show specific or sale specific info, etc.)
Traffic Management Systems (Signal & Traffic Management Systems can be connected via Schnell LiFi)
Petrochemicals, Power Plants, etc (as they have very sensitive machinery and security zones)
Museums (Schnell LiFi Smart Stations inside Museums to allow the public to experience rich data at high speeds)
Hospitals since they need connectivity that does not upset their electromagnetic equipment
Underwater Connectivity. Divers, Underwater Vehicles, Vessels, Ports Management Systems, etc.
Aviation Industry (aircraft, airports, etc) – Enable general public connectivity. Also, enable Schnell LiFi Private connectivity for airport staff with security as a key feature.
Disaster Management. Allow for Schnell LiFi to function parallel to WiFi networks to allow for Disaster Recovery.
Education Systems, Schools etc since they need access to rich data.
Land Information & Land Survey Systems as they need to consistently upload and download rich data.
Public Transport Systems (Buses, Trains, etc can be fitted with Schnell LiFi to relay for the general public as well as to each other in the fleet)
Logistics and Warehousing
In addition, there are several infrastructure and industrial wireless applications
How do you see this technology being used in the early days?
We see it being used via applications that will help the general public. Be it at the airport or the hospital or education systems or libraries or other general public spaces.
Do you think the market is ready for this type of a product?
Absolutely YES. We have received a number of enquiries and are looking into some large scale Schnell LiFi Projects getting implemented in the next 12 months.
Will you be making any significant investments in R&D or commercialisation?
We are keen to grow the Schnell LiFi Products division of our company. Hence we will consider making some significant investments to this effect either via external financing or internal development funds. These investments will be focussed on commercialisation rather than R&D since we have already successfully completed an advanced R&D stage. We will also invite solution partners and resellers to help us commercialise this exciting technology.
As you are aware, through our group company Music2Deal we have already done this in the past by commercialising our content business product in over 30 countries with country representatives. We have always believed in the principle of "Localising our products while maintaining a global footprint" We have a deep experience of appointing, training and commercialising via local country representatives. In addition, we will be consistently forming cooperation models such as Public-Private Partnerships, Strategic alliances with telecoms and IT Infrastructure players.
Are you currently engaged with any other governments across the world?
Yes. Our first phase of commercialisation is focussed on the emerging markets of the Asia Pacific. We are currently talking to governments of India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. Our second phase will focus on the Middle East and North Africa. We have already started receiving enquiries from these governments.
How are the other countries using your products?
Due to the sensitive nature of the product, we won't be able to talk about any specifics but in general, the applications are for the public or industrial solutions. However, we will keep posting updates on our website. Please feel free to get in touch with us directly in case you wish to learn more.