pureLiFi collaborates with Astronics for aircraft light-based wireless connectivity

pureLiFi, a technology company using light to create next-generation wireless networks, has teamed up with Astronics Corporation, a provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defence and semiconductor industries, to explore the deployment of LiFi for aircraft applications.

LiFi is high speed, bidirectional wireless communication of data via light. According to the team, by using LiFi-enabled LED light bulbs and a mobile device with a photo-detector, data can be securely transferred using light at much greater speeds and capacity than with Wi-Fi (which uses radio waves) as well as minimise the potential for interference. If deployed on an aircraft, this could empower passengers to download an HD video in just a few seconds, for example.