LiFi goes live in Bristol

March 14, 2018 by John Hatcher
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LiFi goes live in Bristol

For the first time anywhere in the world this weekend (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March) people in Bristol will experience the next generation of wireless technology including Scottish born technology LiFi provided by pureLiFi as part of a 5G public urban environment.

During the Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase researchers will demonstrate how a share of £16 million investment by the UK Government's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) to develop an end-to-end 5G network has the potential to benefit the public and put Britain at the forefront of the next wave of mobile technology.
Part of the exhibition will showcase LiFi technology founded by Edinburgh based tech firm pureLiFi which shows how LiFi can provide highspeed, secure wireless communications using LED lights. The creative demonstrator will show light providing communications to a smart LED table and allow participants to break the data stream by shutting out the light.
Prof. Harald Haas CSO and Co-Founder of pureLiFi says, “I have been successfully collaborating with Prof. Simeonidou in the project TOUCAN where we have integrated LiFi into future SDN enabled communication networks. After pureLiFi's world's first demonstrations of LiFi integrated into a smartphone cover and a laptop, I am absolutely delighted to see LiFi as part of the world's first 5G testbed in Bristol providing secure and high-speed wireless experience to visitors in the Watershed in Bristol. I am proud that LiFi is part of the 5G fabric in the UK!"
Hosted by the University’s Smart Internet Lab, Watershed and We The Curious, the event is a unique 5G public test-bed that will take demonstrations out of the laboratory and allow people to experience and experiment with the creative possibilities for the first time
Alistair Banham CEO of pureLiFi’s adds, “LiFi is a maturing technology and it’s promising for wireless communications to have this technology incorporated as part of 5G experiences. LiFi technology will transform the way the world engages, and disseminates wireless communications bringing benefits not only to several industries but to the consumer through a better user experience. This exhibition is a creative and engaging expression of the future of 5G and we’re excited to have LiFi as part of this.”

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