The Technology Innovation Institute (TII) joins the Light Communication Alliance

The Technology Innovation Institute (TII) joins the Light Communication Alliance to advance global research and development.

The Light Communication Alliance, the world’s most extensive consortium dedicated to advancing light communication technologies, announces the inclusion of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) as its newest member. TII, a leading global research centre renowned for its commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, will now bring its pioneering expertise to the forefront of light communication innovation.

As part of the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council, overseeing technological advancements in the emirate, TII has consistently demonstrated its disruptive influence in the realm of science, setting new standards and catalyzing transformative change. With a focus on discovery, TII has become a beacon of innovation across diverse domains including Advanced Materials, Directed Energy, AI and Digital Science, Propulsion and Space, Autonomous Robotics, Quantum, Biotechnology, Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Cryptography and Secure Systems.

“The addition of the Technology Innovation Institute to the Light Communication Alliance marks a significant milestone in our pursuit of advancing light communication,” remarked Marc Fleschen, Chairman of the Light Communication Alliance. “The institute’s unparalleled expertise and commitment to innovation perfectly align with our mission to inspire the development of a world powered by light communication, and we are excited to embark on this collaborative journey together.”

He added, “We are also delighted and honored to announce the addition of our first research institute in Abu Dhabi, marking our second member from the UAE. We firmly believe that the institute’s participation in our ecosystem will unlock numerous new applications and use cases yet to be explored.”

Dr. Steevy Joyce Cordette, Director of the Advanced Photonics Research Department at the Directed Energy Research Center (DERC) in the Technology Innovation Institute, will be joining the board of the Light Communications Alliance, further solidifying TII’s dedication to driving progress within the alliance.

“We are thrilled to join forces with the Light Communication Alliance to collectively drive innovation and shape the future of communication technologies,” stated Dr. Cordette. “By leveraging our combined expertise and resources, we aim to accelerate the development and deployment of light communication solutions that will revolutionise industries and empower societies worldwide.”

Together, the Light Communication Alliance and the Technology Innovation Institute, alongside other members of the alliance, are poised to redefine the boundaries of technological possibility and inspire a brighter tomorrow through transformative light communication solutions.

Global LiFi firms welcome IEEE 802.11bb standard

Technology firms welcome the release of IEEE 802.11bb, the latest global light communications standard.

The IEEE 802.11bb standard defines the physical layer specifications and system architectures for wireless communication using light waves. This new standard sets the foundation for the widespread adoption of LiFi technology by allowing for the first time LiFi solutions inside the WiFi ecosystem.

With the release of the IEEE 802.11bb standard, LiFi as a complimentary and additive solution to RF communications is now poised to take its place in the wireless communication market, offering unprecedented speed, security, and reliability to users around the world. This development opens-up exciting new opportunities for LiFi to work seamlessly with WiFi and make communications better in a range of applications, from high-speed, secure internet access in the home and office to expanding next generation experiences to wider markets such as XR and spatial computing.

“The release of the IEEE 802.11bb standard is a significant moment for the wireless communications industry,” said pureLiFi’s VP of Standardisation, Nikola Serafimovski, who chaired the 802.1bb Task Group.

The Light Communications 802.11bb Task Group was formed in 2018 chaired by pureLiFi and supported by Fraunhofer HHI, two firms which have been at the forefront of LiFi development efforts. Both organisations aim to see accelerated adoption and interoperability not only between LiFi vendors but also with WiFi technologies because of these standardisation efforts.

Ratification of the standard was concluded in June 2023.

LiFi Conference 2023

The Li-Fi Conference 3rd edition was truly an incredible event, brimming with enlightening, thought provoking and honest discussions, cutting-edge insights, and a vibrant exchange of ideas.

We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations and sincere gratitude to every participant, the partners the organisers who made this conference a resounding success!

First and foremost, a big round of applause to the organizing committee for their meticulous planning and seamless execution. Your dedication and hard work paid off, providing us with an unforgettable experience. The conference ran flawlessly, ensuring that each attendee had ample opportunities to engage, learn, and connect. Thank you Pieter Hermans for being an excellent moderator at the Conference. The punctuality was top notch.

We would also like to express our appreciation to the esteemed speakers who shared their invaluable knowledge and expertise. Your presentations were thought-provoking, shedding light on the latest advancements in Li-Fi technology and its applications. The insights gained from your talks will undoubtedly shape the future of the growing LiFi ecosystem.

Furthermore, a special thanks goes out to all the sponsors, exhibitors, and partners who supported this event. Your contributions were instrumental in creating a dynamic and innovative environment, fostering collaborations, and showcasing the incredible possibilities of LiFi technology.

Lastly, We invite everyone to mark on their calendars the upcoming Optical Communication Conference on 14th December 2023. Given the immense success of the Li-Fi Conference, we have no doubt that the Optical Communication Conference will be another ground-breaking event that we cannot afford to miss. Let’s continue to explore the frontiers of optical communication and uncover new horizons together!

Once again, thank you to each and every one of you for making the Li-Fi Conference a resounding triumph. It was a pleasure to be part of such a remarkable gathering, and we look forward to reconnecting and collaborating with all of you in our shared pursuit of technological advancements next year for the Li-Fi Conference 4th edition.

Edinburgh firm behind ‘game-changing’ light-transmitting tech secures major US deal

PureLiFi, the Edinburgh-based firm behind revolutionary technology that uses light to transmit data, will see its systems deployed on US navy and coast guard vessels after the signing of a new agreement that expands its reach in the world’s most lucrative defence market.

The three-year deal sees Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) become the exclusive reseller of the Scots company’s technology and products to FM OnBoard maritime defence customers in the US. “LiFi” is a mobile wireless technology that uses light rather than radio frequencies to transmit data. By harnessing the light spectrum, it is said to provide more reliable wireless communications with “unparalleled security”, compared to conventional technologies such as cellular, wi-fi and Bluetooth. The company’s Kitefin LiFi system is designed specifically for use in the defence industry.

Alistair Banham, chief executive of PureLiFi, said: “Fairbanks Morse Defense is quickly becoming known for its best-in-class maritime defence technology solutions, and we consider this to be an ideal collaboration for expanding our presence in the US. Our collaboration with FMD represents a significant step towards expanding LiFi technology beyond PureLiFi’s large scale land-based deployments. We look forward to working with FMD to deliver this game-changing LiFi technology to maritime defence customers.”

Prior to the agreement, the two firms worked together through the FM Defense Accelerator. The companies have been leveraging LiFi and FMD’s resources to co-develop and evaluate maritime use cases for LiFi technology.

George Whittier, chief executive of Fairbanks Morse Defense, added: “The ability to have secure connectivity while at sea is a mission-critical capability for our maritime defence customers. PureLiFi’s technology pairs perfectly with FM OnBoard, enabling technicians to securely communicate from the engine room with live, remote technicians who can help troubleshoot any issues.”

Last July, PureLiFi said it would target a global roll out after securing £10 million backing from the Scottish National Investment Bank. The investment was said to align with the Bank’s mission to invest in innovation and industries of the future, while creating high value jobs. The cash injection will enable the firm to further develop new technologies while opening up additional markets in areas such as mobile phones, tablets, wearables and other connected devices.

Pioneering LiFi professor selected as finalist for European Inventor Award 2023

Professor Harald Haas, co-founder of pureLiFi, has been nominated for the European Inventor Award in the Research Category for his pioneering work on LiFi.

Professor Harald Haas, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of pureLiFi Ltd, has been nominated for the European Inventor Award in the Research Category for his pioneering work on LiFi, the wireless optical communication technology that uses light to transmit data.

The European Inventor Award recognises inventors who have made significant contributions to technological progress, economic growth, and improvements to our daily lives. Professor Haas’ nomination is a recognition of the significant impact his work on LiFi has had on the field of communications.

LiFi is poised to play a critical role in the future of wireless communications and is seen as a promising candidate for the next generation of connectivity solutions. LiFi technology has already been deployed in a range of industries, including defence, industrial and manufacturing.

Commenting on the nomination, Alistair Banham, CEO of pureLiFi, congratulates Professor Haas, saying, “We are delighted to see Harald being recognised for his ground-breaking work on LiFi and contributing to IP driving innovation and the realisation of mass adoption of LiFi technology. He has been instrumental in developing and promoting this transformative technology after first introducing LiFi to the world in 2011.”

Professor Haas also expressed his gratitude for the nomination, saying, “I am honoured to be nominated for the European Inventor Award in the Research Category. This recognition is not only a personal achievement, but it also acknowledges the importance of LiFi to the communications and technology landscape. I hope that this nomination will help to bring even more attention to the potential of this technology.”

The winners of the European Inventor Award will be announced on July 4, 2023. Professor Haas’ nomination underscores the growing recognition of the potential of LiFi technology to transform the communications and technology landscape.

Professor Haas is a recognised expert in the field of wireless optical communications, hybrid optical wireless and RF communications. He holds 45 patents and his work has been cited more than 50,000 times and has been published in over 630 conference and journal papers.

Free-space optics sector will grow to $47.5 billion by 2027

Research firm Global Market Estimates forecasts that the value of the free-space optics sector will grow from $4.4 billion in 2022 to $47.5 billion by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate of 34.1%.

Optical free-space networks have a secure future in ground-to-space and space applications and companies in the market for the long run see considerable untapped potential in the terrestrial market as well.

Free-space optics (FSO) and systems are uniquely valuable in enabling fast and secure connectivity, both in terrestrial and nonterrestrial networks. With major advancements in space optics over the last 20 years, ultrahigh-bandwidth signals now regularly ping back and forth over great distances, providing a communications canopy that extends over the entire globe.

From transmitters to receivers and all the associated optics in between, each technological jump in the past two decades has helped make free-space communications cheaper, faster, easier to deploy and, ultimately, more commercially viable.

The insatiable call for faster, high-capacity communications and data rates guarantees a strong outlook for FSO. Although the Earth is better connected than ever before, the future is trending toward an increasingly pervasive Internet of Things that connects and communicates data to and from billions of devices — from cars and shipping containers to lighting and surveillance cameras, for example. FSO’s ability to extend data exchanges beyond cabled infrastructure will ensure that the technology plays a critical role.

Optical wireless communications technologies have already made great strides, particularly above the atmosphere, but also at ground level, where secure, high-bandwidth information transfer still has a way to go.

pureLiFi Launches Light Antenna ONE at MWC Barcelona

A global leader in LiFi technology, pureLiFi launched their latest Light Antenna Module at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

The cutting-edge wireless communications antenna is the first of its kind, smaller than a US dime and ready to enable LiFi in connected devices and smartphones at scale. The module will be compliant with the upcoming IEEE 802.11bb Light Communication standard which is in its final stages of ratification.

“Our team of world leading LiFi engineers and experienced semiconductor veterans have produced a light antenna that will make connectivity better for everyone. This is not only a feat of engineering but a leap in commercial maturity. LiFi connectivity can now be made available at scale to device manufacturers that want to differentiate, develop new products and foster new markets with leading-edge connectivity,” says pureLiFi CEO, Alistair Banham.

A light antenna is the optoelectrical antenna that is designed to integrate just like a traditional RF antenna and enables LiFi in connected devices.

Light Antenna ONE is optimised for performance, size, cost, and production requirements of the market which will allow smartphone and connected device manufacturers to integrate LiFi at scale. Compliance with the upcoming IEEE 802.11bb standard means that LiFi will easily integrate with existing 802.11 WiFi networking equipment and also with 802.11 WiFi chipsets shipping in billions of devices each year.

US Photonics Market to Cross US$ 1.6 Trillion by 2033

The United States photonics market is anticipated to accelerate at 5.2% CAGR between 2023 and 2033, amid widening application in medical technology and defense. By 2033, the overall market size in the USA is set to reach US$ 268.4 billion.

Rising applications of photonics-enabled devices across sectors such as automotive, consumer electronics, medical devices, and defense is providing stimulus for the development of the global photonics market.

Photonics, of which light communication technology is part of, is playing a key role in triggering innovations across various fields. From lighting and displays to optical data communications and life science, the application area of photonics continues to expand rapidly.Advancements in photonics have paved way for the development of photonic devices which are used in light emitting diodes, displays, laser devices, displays, photovoltaic cells, and optical amplifiers.

The global photonics market is forecast to reach a massive valuation of US$ 1.6 trillion by the end of 2033.



As the pioneer of Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology, Zero1 creates, designs and deploys personalised, modular and 100% integrated solutions with the development of Optical Camera Communication (OCC) agnostic of any LED light.

We spoke to CTO, Marc Fleschen, to get his view on the progress Zero1 is making in the development of the light communication ecosystem.

Who is Zero1 and what role do you play in the light communication ecosystem?

Founded in 2018 in Luxembourg, Zero1 is a provider of Optical Camera Communication (OCC) technology. The company owns more than 9 patents related to LiFi technology, and it also owns and produces all of the existing products, software, APIs and platforms. A key player for anyone who wants to adopt this technology, we are also the only member of the LCA dedicated to promoting OCC.

The team are extremely proud of the technology that has been developed – it can adapt to almost all currently existing LEDs, meaning that once installed, you can forget about it. It removes a layer of complication for the end user, allowing us to be service and customer-oriented as a business.

What do you think the future holds for light communication?

Currently, in order to connect to Zero1’s light communication technology, the user has to download an app – much in the way that QR codes operated when they were first introduced. I would love to see the ability to pick up the OCC signal in-built into mobile phones’ camera technology natively, with no need to download an additional app.

I see light communication becoming complementary to WiFi. Light communications will serve where WiFi can’t – for example, in the airport, you will use WiFi in the terminal but switch to LiFi for the flight. The goal for the future is for the technology to become mainstream by being integrated into devices, making it accessible to all who use a smart phone.

What successes have you enjoyed recently as a business in light communication?

A great example for Zero1 recently has been a partnership with a museum in Italy. We installed our technology throughout the lights in the museum so they are permanently broadcasting code. Essentially this means that all visitors to the museum can now use their phone as an audio guide – when they are standing next to an exhibit their phone will pick up the specific light signal from that area through the museum’s app and instantly provide further information on the exhibit to the user.

What are the key developments you would like to see in the light communication ecosystem?

More generally, I would like to see a stronger international presence across the sector. Specifically thinking about LCA, an increased membership base would be of great benefit.

How can those of us operating in light technology help to achieve both aspirations? Firstly, I would like to see us with a stronger presence at exhibitions that deal with telecoms, giving us more opportunities to express how LiFi can add value to the latest innovations and help build sustainable developments for future generations. Finally, I would also like to see more integration and partnerships with universities, helping the subject of LiFi become better known to students; making the younger generation aware that light communication exists and ultimately be more familiar with it.

Bank’s Backing Boosts Rising Tech Star

Wireless Communications experts pureLiFi will target a global roll out of their revolutionary technology after securing £10million backing from the Scottish National Investment Bank.

The Edinburgh based firm uses light to transmit data rather than conventional radio frequency systems such as WiFi and 5G.

By harnessing the light spectrum LiFi is able to provide more reliable wireless communications with unparalleled security.

The investment aligns with the Bank’s mission to invest in innovation and industries of the future, creating high value jobs in world class businesses.

pureLiFi CEO Alistair Banham said:

“The Bank’s investment will help us achieve our vision to connect everyone and everything with LiFi.

“We introduced our technology to the world from Scotland and it is important for us to grow our company and ecosystem from here.

“Our vision is for Scotland to be a recognised centre of excellence for LiFi. In the future customers from around the world will come to us for our innovative technology and leverage the wider photonics ecosystem that already exists here in Scotland.”

The Bank’s investment will enable pureLiFi to further develop new technologies while opening up additional markets in areas such as mobile phones, tablets, wearables and other connected devices.

LiFi is complementary to WiFi technology, offering transformationally improved performance. Additionally, when WiFi and LiFi work together the users across both technologies experience greatly improved connectivity, as LiFi also makes WiFi better.

The number of connected devices in the average home has more than doubled in the past two years. As more devices connect to struggling home WiFi networks, bandwidth is split, interference increases and response times slow for everyone.

LiFi solves the biggest challenges faced by current wireless communications technologies by decreasing congestion, improving security and quality of connection

Jimmy Williamson, Executive Director, at the Scottish National Investment Bank said:

“The Bank’s investment will support pureLiFi as they look to scale up their operation, allowing them to take the innovative technology to the global market.

“By backing them the Bank is also investing in highly skilled research and development jobs in Scotland and endorsing pureLiFi’s vision to create a centre of excellence of LiFi.

“We are excited to provide them with the growth capital that will help them reach the next stage in their development.”

The use of the light spectrum means that LiFi can provide more efficient connectivity with overall requirements compared to traditional methods.

About The Scottish  National Investment Bank:

The Scottish National Investment Bank is Scotland’s first development investment bank, wholly owned by the Scottish Ministers on behalf of the people of Scotland.

The Bank is an impact investor, focused on delivering both commercial returns and mission impacts with its investments.  The Bank is a PLC and operationally independent from government.

The Bank invests in businesses and projects connected to Scotland to deliver long term, patient debt or equity investment where the private market is failing to provide the support businesses and projects require to grow.

The Bank’s missions are:

  • Supporting Scotland’s transition to net zero
  • Building communities and promoting equality
  • Harnessing innovation to enable our people to flourish

The Scottish Government has committed to capitalising the Bank with £2bn in its first 10 years.  Over time as the Bank’s initial investments are repaid, the Bank will reinvest those funds in businesses and projects creating a perpetual investment fund to support the Scottish economy in the long term. The Bank was established in November 2020.


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