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Author: Andrew Brown
Publication Date: Sep 30 2020
Pages: 19
Report Type: Report, Word

An Introduction to Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) for IoT Communications

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Report Summary:

Li-Fi is a disruptive technology that has the potential to impact a number of industries. It has the opportunity to bridge the gap between the wireless communications industry and the lighting industry. In several decades it is possible that LED lightbulbs could potentially serve thousands of applications in the IoT. However, despite the bandwidth advantages of using light spectrum, it remains beset by challenges, some technological but also issues such as high cost of deployment and a limited ecosystem.

This report looks at the B2B Li-Fi opportunity and assesses its future potential.

Questions Answered by this Report and for Further Consideration

  • What is Li-Fi and how can it be used?
  • How is Li-Fi relevant to the IoT?
  • What are the differences between Li-Fi and Wi-Fi?
  • Where do radio and light technologies sit on the electromagnetic spectrum and why does it matter?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of Li-Fi technology?
  • What are the key Li-Fi use cases and in which industries?
  • Will Li-Fi disrupt existing radio technologies in the IoT?
  • Which industries represent the best Li-Fi opportunity?
  • How large is the Li-Fi market in revenue by vertical industry?

Companies and Institutions mentioned in this report:

Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Nokia, MaxLinear, Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Weidmüller, LightBee, the University of Oxford, Eindhoven University of Technology, Fraunhofer Institutes Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI and FOKUS, Orange, Atea, pureLi-Fi, Babcock International, AAL X AAL, VDA Group, Solari Spa, University of Udine, Republic Polytechnic Singapore, IQ Education Indonesia, ELIoT (Enhance Lighting for the Internet of Things


Table of Contents

1. Questions Answered by this Report and for Further Consideration 3
1.1 Companies and Institutions mentioned in this report 3
2. What is Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) Technology? 4
3. Li-Fi Market Evolution 7
4. Li-Fi Advantages and Disadvantages 9
4.1 Li-Fi Advantages 9
4.2 Li-Fi Disadvantages 9
5. Li-Fi Use cases 11
5.1 Healthcare Use Case: AAL x AAL, Italy 11
5.2 Engineering Services: Babcock Connected Facility, UK 12
5.3 Office Li-Fi Trials 13
5.4 Education Li-Fi Trials 14
6. The emergence of LaaS? Li-Fi as a Possible Market Disruptor 15
6.1 The ELIoT (Enhance Lighting for the Internet of Things) EU Project 15
7. Conclusions 17
8. How Can We Help You? 19

Figure 1: Li-Fi Architecture 4
Figure 2: The Electromagnetic Spectrum 5
Table 1: Li-Fi v Wi-Fi Comparison 6
Figure 3: Signify (Formerly Philips Lighting) Li-Fi Lamp array 8
Figure 4: A Li-FI Dongle 10
Figure 5: A Babcock Employee Testing Li-Fi 13
Figure 6: Global Li-Fi Revenue B2B Forecast by Vertical Industry $ (Billions) 17

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