The durability of Li-Fi, the system that delivers an internet service via the lights, has been tested during a terrorist attack drill in the United States.
pureLiFi, the company behind the technology, teamed up with Verizon, Nokia and Aegex Technologies to host the attack scenario at the Disaster Preparedness and Tactical Training Centre in Georgia.
The aim of the test was to demonstrate that Li-Fi communications could be sustained during a terrorist outrage, and could remain resilient under pressure in order to provide critical communications.
The event, which was code named Operation Convergent Response (OCR), tested Li-Fi’s ability to maintain a real-time, bi-directional communications network that would be able to enable a communications and command centre to take charge of a developing situation.
The test also monitored the ability of Li-Fi to maintain communication between emergency services and central command.
‘This latest test proves that Li-Fi can provide reliable wireless communications in unpredictable conditions such as disaster circumstances.’
‘pureLiFi demonstrated that LiFi solutions could perform under real life operations and enable critical communications during response missions in chaotic and disastrous environments,’ Jeffery Schweitzer, chief innovation architect at Verizon commented.
The event featured a number of technologies, including internet of things (IOT) based products, that are able to improve communications during rescue operations and save lives.
Li-Fi uses light rather than radio frequencies, such as Wi-Fi, to provide wireless connectivity in areas that Wi-Fi cannot reach, such as power plants, petrochemical facilities, and hospitals.
Just last month Lux Review reported that it was hoped that Li-Fi would be able to provide wireless connectivity after the French government moved to outlaw Wi-Fi in nurseries, schools and childcare centres that cater for children under six.
‘This latest test proves that Li-Fi can provide reliable wireless communications in unpredictable conditions such as disaster circumstances,’ commented Alistair Banham, pureLiFi CEO.
Li-Fi is currently in the early stages of development. However once completed, the installation of the technology on the Paris Metro is set to be its biggest success story to date.
The Paris project is intricate and large in scale, requiring 10,000 light points to be fitted with Li-Fi technology.
It is hoped, ultimately, that mini-Li-Fi receptors will be placed in smartphones allowing people to use their mobile phones via a wireless internet connection provided by the lighting.
Although this is still someway off, Li-Fi can currently be intercepted using a plug-in dongle that can be placed in a laptop.