New Invention Of Technology-100 times Faster Than Wi-Fi
A new type of wireless internet technology has been developed that could provide a connection that’s 100 times faster than traditional WiFi.
The tech is called LiFi, and was tested by an Estonian start-up called Velmenni, who are currently trialling it in offices.
LiFi has proved capable of sending data at speeds of up to 1GBps, around 100 times faster than most current Wi-Fi connections.
The technology has one major limitation — because it relies on visible light to work, it can’t pass through walls.
However, this makes the network much more secure.
Professor Harald Haas, from the University of Edinburgh, pioneered the technology and coined the term LiFi in 2011, but this is the first time it’s been used in a ‘real world’ setting.
Deepak Solanki, CEO of Velmenni, told the International Business Times that the technology could be rolled out to consumers within the next three to four years.
However, due to LiFi’s limitations, it would be likely to run in parallel with existing technology to increase a network’s speed and efficiency.
All we need to do is fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device and this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission.