PureLifi, a optical communications company derived from the University of Edinburgh, has successfully raised $18m in its latest round of B-funding. The financing is primarily used in the process of component development and commercialization of LiFi technology, with the goal of eventually replacing existing wireless communication systems. The current round of participants include Temasek, the Singapore investment firm, and the Scottish Investment Bank.
At the World Mobile World Congress in February, the company announced that it would upgrade its LiFi system to a component and demonstrate how to integrate the new Gigafi into laptops. Since its announcement, pureLiFi has been working with device manufacturers to design LiFi into commercial laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
Recently, pureLiFi announced a partnership with Getac, a leading manufacturer of durable tablets and PCs. It also works with leading companies in a number of industries, such as telecommunications company O2 Telefonica, lighting company Zumtobel and Wipro.
Alistair Banham, chief executive of PureLiFi, said:
Device manufacturers are looking for new ways to provide faster, more reliable, and more secure connectivity to their devices. LiFi is undoubtedly the next step in the development of wireless communications around the world, and pure LiFi is leading the technology to market.
Our investors believe in our team and our strategy to provide LiFi for every lamp and every device, and we have products that support LiFi mobile device integration.
LiFi is an Internet technology with futuristic elements. If LiFi is commercialized, it will greatly improve the speed of the network, which in turn will fundamentally change the status quo of the Internet of Things, and significantly advance the development of the Internet of Things. The principle of LiFi technology, known as visible light communication, is hard to explain, but it does emerge in the real world, just as it was when the same sci-fi-colored hyperloop technology emerged.
The broadest definition of LiFi is to simulate binary 1s and 0s by controlling the LED lights on, to load information into a light wave, to emit tens of thousands of light signals, and then to detoneize the information from the light signal emitted by the LED, thus enabling wireless information transmission. Fast transmission speed is one of LiFi’s great advantages, but the real game-changing thing about LiFi is that it converts almost all light sources into network hotspots.
One use case that is attractive for LiFi technology is to be mounted on a smart car. By integrating LiFi technology on the led head and tail lights of a car, information communication between smart cars enables the rapid and efficient movement of the vehicle.
The limitation of LiFi technology, however, is that visible light cannot travel through walls. So any room that requires a network must be equipped with a separate LED light that integrates LiFi to ensure that the light signal covers the entire space.