LiFi technology’s security and reliability are set to revolutionize how many people and organizations communicate over the next few years.
16 Nov 2021

Shining a Light on LiFi Technology: Part Two

LiFi technology’s security and reliability can revolutionize how many people and organizations communicate over the next few years. Getac recently became the world’s first manufacturer to bring integrated LiFi technology to the rugged computing market. The industry-leading UX10 fully rugged tablet powered by pureLiFi is one such device using this technology.

Part one of this two-part blog series took a detailed look at the evolution of LiFi. It also talked about how the technology works. Now, part two will examine some of the critical industry applications already implemented worldwide.

A versatile technology that offers benefits across a range of sectors

Perhaps unsurprisingly, LiFi’s inherent security has attracted significant interest from the defense industry. This sector is where many of the first large-scale LiFi deployments have taken place. However, its unique attributes mean LiFi users can establish reliable wireless communications in a wide range of radio frequency (RF) environments. These include areas such as those found in manufacturing plants and industrial facilities. Below are some specific examples of its uses in these industries and beyond.

Defense

In critical defense scenarios, not only can opposing forces detect RF-based communications, but they can also be jammed. Radio frequency communications have the potential to seriously compromise both mission success and the lives of those involved. Furthermore, the saturation of the RF spectrum poses further problems to usability and reliability for defense purposes.

Conversely, LiFi provides a highly secure end-to-end light network. Adversaries cannot detect or target other entities using this technology, thereby significantly improving mission success rates.  Furthermore, its rapid deployment capabilities save precious time in the field compared to wired or WiFi alternatives.

Manufacturing

LiFi networks offer much lower latency than many WiFi alternatives, critical for streamlined operations and optimized productivity. Furthermore, the controllable nature of LiFi – where there is light, there is data – means it is even safe to use in hazardous manufacturing environments where traditional WiFi networks are typically forbidden.

Utilities

Utilities play an essential role in daily life worldwide, and even minor service disruptions can have significant consequences. As digitalization continues to transform operations throughout the sector, LiFi offers a reliable and safe form of connectivity. This helps organizations overcome the unique challenges they face each day. LiFi’s low latency is also ideally suited to increasingly popular augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. These enable workers to collaborate remotely to perform maintenance/repairs on complex machinery. LiFi’s capability opens up the ability to remotely access older infrastructure. Traditional RF devices are typically prohibited access due to safety concerns. But with LiFi technology, digitalization in the utility sector is made more feasible.

With the shortcomings of existing WiFi technology becoming increasingly exposed by modern usage requirements, LiFi’s low latency, security, reliability, and ease of deployment present an extremely compelling case for the future. With adoption gathering momentum throughout various sectors and scenarios, now is a great time to assess what LiFi can do for you.

For more information on LiFi’s powerful benefits and applications, download pureLiFi’s latest whitepaper here.

As one of the leading rugged computer providers, Getac offers extensive rugged computing product lines and serves a wide range of vertical markets.

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