EDINBURGH, Scotland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--pureLiFi, the light communications technology company, announces it will be making its first product publicly available in Q1 of 2014. The company at the forefront of research and commercialisation into Li-Fi has established a number of partnerships with key industry segments as it closes out 2013, a year in which it has completed a number of significant research and development milestones in an industry expected to grow from $100 million to $6 billion by 2018.
2013 highlights include:
- pureLiFi’s first product, the Li-1st, went to Beta release in Q3 of 2013
- Delivering the world’s first commercially available bidirectional optical wireless communications system achieving high-speed internet in both the down and uplink
- Demonstrating that Li-Fi technology can work with both direct as well as indirect or reflected light
- Constructing the world’s first public Li-Fi demonstration at the Bexley Business Academy in London and increasing deployment of the technology
pureLiFi will continue to design, develop and deliver Li-Fi components to the OEM market in 2014, with more Li-1st units being shipped to selected industry customers in Q1. To advance time to revenue, the company’s product roadmap will be delivering successive products that will provide full networking capabilities while accelerating miniaturisation.
The company remains focused on leveraging its knowledge, partnerships and position in the marketplace to expedite the market adoption of the technology and to grow the Li-Fi industry. Creating an ecosystem of effective partners is critical to foster growth in the emerging Li-Fi market.
pureLiFi's partner, the University of Edinburgh recently launched the Li-Fi R&D centre for research which aims to further enhance and encourage research and development in Li-Fi, pooling expertise from fields that are essential for the creation of a Li-Fi industry. pureLiFi is positioned to cooperate and lead the commercialisation of these research efforts. An ecosystem of diverse partners is rapidly expanding and pureLiFi products are set to penetrate a number of market verticals during 2014.
Professor Harald Haas, who is behind the Li-Fi R&D centre, the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of pureLiFi, said:
“pureLiFi’s core strengths and assets are its knowledge and experience in the technology, along with the skills to design and build Li-Fi products, all supported by an expanding IP portfolio. 2014 will see even greater leaps forward in Li-Fi research and the Li-Fi industry. We are well positioned to achieve significant growth as the market expands worldwide.”
About pureLiFi and the Li-Fi industry
1. pureLiFi (formerly known as pureVLC) is a light communications technology company formed in 2012 as a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh to create OEM components, including Li-Fi drivers and receivers.
2. Visible Light Communication (VLC) is the use of light to transmit data wirelessly. Li-Fi - a term coined by pureLiFi’s Chief Science Officer, Professor Haas – is a technology based on VLC that provides full networking capabilities similar to Wi-Fi, but with significantly greater spatial reuse of bandwidth.
3. Li-Fi is the only 100 per cent secure wireless access technology that is safe to use in electromagnetic sensitive environments and can provide localisation capabilities.
4. Li-Fi is important because Wi-Fi faces a spectrum crunch in the coming years, and Li-Fi offers a solution to the problem of finding the extra spectrum required.
5. Markets and Markets research says that the total value of sales in the Li-Fi industry is set to increase from $96 million in 2012 to over $6 billion in 2018.
6. The Li-1st is the world’s first commercially available high-speed, bidirectional optical wireless system that can operate with a range of commercially available LED luminaries. It provides an IP enabled ceiling unit and a desktop device that can be connected via USB to client devices.