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LiFi technology comes to life in Dubai

Zero.1 and du partner to bring LiFi technology to the streets of Dubai

Zero.1 Marc Fleschen demonstrates how LiFi technology can activate smart devices
Zero.1 Marc Fleschen demonstrates how LiFi technology can activate smart devices

UAE technology company Zero.1 has launched a smart lighting initiative solely for the streets of Dubai using Light Fidelity (LiFi) technology.

LiFi, or also known as Visible Light Communication) is a wireless technology which transmits high-speed data using light rather than radio bands. Whilst the technology is not here to replace WiFi, a recent article posted on Tweet Tech stated that LiFi is on track to become a $113bn industry in 2022.

Zero.1 supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest city in the world.

The solution it has created is a platform of LiFi enabled LED with its Intelligent Outdoor Tower Automation (IOTA) product range which takes the traditional LED street light and adds layers of communication. With its management software City.1, it provides experimental and management solutions for public spaces, community places, industrial hubs and commercial plots.

Marc Fleschen, CEO of Zero.1 says: "We are proud to say that in conjunction with our project partner du, we have been able to initiate the first demonstration of its kind in the Middle East. Working with du we look forward to the roll-out of our LiFi applications in the Dubai ‘Smart City' platform and the retail sector as the year unfolds."

Zero.1 states any private or public lighting including street lamps can be used to provide LiFi hotspots and the same communications and sensor infrastructure can be used to monitor and control lighting and data.

IoS and Android smartphones can be connected directly using LiFi and according to Zero.1 short range links give very high data-speeds and data security. LiFi driven geo-localisation services allow users to benefit from on-the-spot location and services information.  

Zero.1 states that whilst LiFi will only compliment WiFi, LiFi can boost network speeds about 100 times faster than the conventional WiFi systems.

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