08/28/2015

LEDs Could Light the Way to Future Networking

9:01 minutes

PureLiFi's illustration of moving from LTE to WiFi to LiFi. Image by Pure LiFi
PureLiFi’s illustration of moving from LTE to WiFi to LiFi. Image by Pure LiFi

Could the broadband “capacity crunch” be helped by a lightbulb? Engineers are tapping into LEDs to create high-speed data transmission. Engineer Harald Haas, co-founder of pureLiFi, describes how LED technology could be used in the future, from secure communication systems to in-flight networking.

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Harald Haas

Harald Haas is the co-founder and chief scientific officer at pureLiFi and an engineering professor at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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About Alexa Lim

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