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Light instead of Radio for WiFi

By tomsetaro1550633373 ·
Signify (owns brands such as: Philips Lighting and largest LED manuf in the world) has a product they are bringing to market which uses Light instead of Radio for WiFi connectivity. I am Head of North America Sales, and I was curious about the interest and what use cases could be thought up.
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This is not an old idea or in its infancy.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Light instead of Radio fo ...

I suggest your CTO do more research. I recall reading about this as a network medium 20 to 30 years ago. And I think I saw such at CES 10 to 20 years ago.

You also need to have your lawyers at the ready because, patents.
Just one of a few hundred out there such as https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO1999053732

-> The one thing these would have to fight today is cost. Not only product cost but install, training, support, etc.

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by tomsetaro1550633373 In reply to This is not an old idea o ...

Yes, the technology has been available for some time. The product line is new as is the Signify development of it. Yes, there are many patents out there, as you state, and protecting IP is always a concern for all IT; as well as, keeping costs down. VARs (particularly network) will be the main deploy and service arm. Good points, and thank you.

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The lack of standards is a big problem.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Reply

The reasons wired and wireless (WiFi to be specific) took off is standards. The LiFi systems don't appear to interoperable after decades.

Until it becomes a standard (one company can't hold all the cards) and we can pick up devices from anyone and it will work, it will stay a niche product.

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