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The first school to deploy LiFi, the first LiFi network desk lamp appeared
Sep 04, 2018

Kyle School in South Ayrshire, Scotland will be the first school in the world to use LED luminaires as a network medium for data transmission.

Recently, Kyle School student Toby Nixon, pureLiFi CEO Alistair Banham, Scottish Energy, Internet Secretary Paul Wheelhouse and pureLi-Fi founder Harald Haas started the Li-Fi technology test at the school.

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The Li-Fi trial is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and is regulated by the Scottish Futures Trust, which supports the Scottish government's digital strategy. The Scottish government also provided £16,000 (approximately RMB 142,000) to the pilot project through its Digital Schools initiative for equipment installation. Scottish Li-Fi pioneer pureLiFi and the University of Edinburgh LiFi R&D Center provide practical support and follow-up testing resources for the pilot.


The trial used PureLiFi's LiFi-XC system, which included eight LiFi-enabled LED bulbs mounted on the ceiling. Students can use the LiFi-XC workstation to plug it into a laptop and use a light to achieve high-speed connections.

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Li-Fi uses light instead of radio waves in Wi-Fi to transmit data. It provides unprecedented bandwidth and improves the learning environment by providing high-bandwidth learning materials such as video and e-books that significantly enhance classroom connectivity. With the proliferation of networking devices in the classroom, installing Li-Fi on top of Wi-Fi can provide additional bandwidth to reduce network congestion and enable students to transmit educational videos and download resources.


PureLiFi said the project made Kyle School the first school in the world to actually experiment with Li-Fi technology. Professor Harald Haas, founder of PureLi-Fi, said: "Li-Fi was born in Scotland and was presented in the 2011 TED Global Lecture. Seven years later, I am very happy to see the first real deployment of Li-Fi at school in Scotland. ."


Kyle School student Toby Nixon said: "Becoming the world's first school to deploy LiFi is exciting, especially since LiFi is an innovative technology born in Scotland."


Scott Wheel, Minister of Energy and Internet, Paul Wheelhouse said after the trial, "We are very pleased to support Scottish companies whose complementary emerging technologies are likely to change the transmission of wireless broadband communications." "Kyle School's proof-of-concept test understands 5G technology. Development has accumulated potential and valuable experience."


It is reported that Harald Haas of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom created the word “Li-Fi” (ie, visible fidelity) in 2011, and founded PureLiFi under the support of the Scottish government to conduct research on the production of visible light communication technology. In 2014, the first generation of Li-Fi products was introduced, enabling two-way data transmission, but only for open customers. In 2016, the company's LiFi-X product rate was 40 Mb/s. In 2018, the LiFi-XC product rate was 43 Mb/s.


Researchers develop the first LiFi network desk lamp


Another development regarding the use of Li-Fi technology in the classroom is that the world's first Li-Fi-enabled desk lamp for library and classroom scenes has emerged, the Alexandre Picciotto C-224. It was designed by Alexandre Picciotto, a graduate of the Lausanne School of Art in Switzerland, and the French technology company Oledcomm.

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Picciotto pointed out that the shape design of the diffuser is to hope that the light and Li-Fi network cover the entire desktop.


Another reason for being suitable for use in libraries and classrooms is that Li-Fi technology still has difficulties, such as the inability to cross walls and outdoor use, which is subject to sunlight, and so on

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