Philips Hue's Company Launches LiFi Lights that beam data at 250 Mbps

Signify reveals LiFi lighting systems with incredible data speeds

Signify, previously known as Phillips Lighting, has launched a new range of LiFi systems that includes the world’s fastest and most reliable Li-Fi systems commercially available.

For those unaware, LiFi (short form for Light Fidelity), a super-fast alternative to WiFi, is a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using Visible Light Communication (VLC). In other words, it uses light waves instead of radio waves to provide an internet connection.

The range called Trulifi, a new high-speed version of its LiFi technology leverages existing and future professional luminaires by sending and receiving wireless data throughout the workplace.

“Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, launched a new range of LiFi systems that includes the world’s fastest and most reliable LiFi systems commercially available. The range, branded Trulifi, leverages existing and future professional luminaires. Instead of using radio signals (such as WiFi, 4G/5G, Bluetooth, etc.), Trulifi uses light waves to enable highly reliable, secure two-way wireless communications at speeds far above most conventional workplace wireless technologies,” Olivia Qiu, Chief Innovation Officer at Signify wrote in the press release.

Further, Trulifi uses optical wireless transceiver technology built, or retrofitted, into Philips Luminaires, which means customers do not have to rip and replace their existing lighting infrastructure to receive great quality light and wireless connectivity.

According to the company, the new range of internet-transmitting LiFi lights can transmit data using speeds of up to 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) over large spaces, such as meeting rooms and office floors.

It also supports a fixed point-to-point system with speeds up to 250 Mbps for more demanding applications, acting as a wireless cable to connect devices. In order to get a LiFi signal from its products, all you need to do is to plug in a USB-access key to the computer.

“Trulifi underlines our strategy to unlock the potential of light to address new high-growth markets. Through our global presence, large installed base and industry knowledge, we’ll help existing and new customers to leverage their lighting infrastructures to receive reliable, secure, high-speed wireless communication at a very competitive price-point. Wherever there’s light, there can now be wireless communication,” Olivia added.

Currently, Signify is targeting its product at offices, hospitals, and other large buildings to start with and would eventually extend it to regular consumers in due time. The company has not yet revealed a release date for the products.

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