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Mexico is first off the blocks to commercialise Li-Fi technology

21 January 2016

Mexico is the first country to commercialise Li-Fi connection technology, which allows transmission of audio, video and Internet via LED luminaires.

Examples of lamps equipped with Li-Fi technology

Speeds of up to 15 megabytes per second are possible via the LedCom service, which Mexican company, Mexico Sisoft has started to offer this month. Li-Fi - or light fidelity technology - transmits data wirelessly through visible LED light, replacing the modem and Wi-Fi signals.

"Imagine having Internet through each luminaire, avoiding the problems of speed and bandwidth being saturated because everyone is connected," says Arturo Campos Fentanes, CEO of Mexico Sisoft. He emphasized that it is self-sustaining technology because changing lamps to LED light reduces energy consumption, generating savings that would go to the payment for the system.

In addition, the transmission rate increases from 200 megabytes per second in Mexico to 10 gigabytes per second in some cases, equivalent to downloading an HD movie in just 30 seconds, although the speed depends on the provider company.

To transmit Internet, Sisoft chips are designed to take the signal from the router and send it through the halo of light emitted by LEDs to a USB which functions as a data receiver for the computer.

Sisoft of Mexico says it expects to produce 10,000 chips per month. Different kits are available for data transmission, ranging from five lamps to the complete lighting of a home or office.

Costs depend on the type of luminaire and range from $50 to $400, including the sender, receiver and installation. The bulbs have a lifespan of two years.

"We intend for the lamps to be aesthetic but fulfill the conditions of light intensity to perform optimal data delivery," says Arturo Campos Fentanes. "In addition, we have a product that stores the technology in a single desk lamp and has a receiver inside."


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