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Signify joins HomeGrid Forum to advance communications

28th July 2021
Alex Lynn

HomeGrid Forum has announced that Signify, has joined the organisation to expand the innovation and deployment of G.hn technology for Light Fidelity (LiFi) applications. Trulifi by Signify provides a range of LiFi systems that ensure a fast, secure and reliable wireless connection. LiFi is a wireless communication technology that uses LEDs to transmit data at high speeds over the visible light, ultraviolet and infrared spectrums.

LiFi provides network connectivity within the premises like WiFi does, but uses light waves instead of radio signals.

LiFi enables data to be transmitted between multiple connected devices with the light spectrum providing low latency and avoiding the interruption that can often happen with congested radio frequency spectrum. As digital transformation accelerates to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast connectivity, LiFi will play a critical role in complementing WiFi and providing a secure, reliable and spectrum-saving solution.

However, for LiFi to reach its full connectivity potential for sensitive sectors such as financial services, healthcare and robotics, it will require a robust, reliable and proven physical layer encoding technology and a strong, solid backbone that connects the LEDs. G.hn technology is the perfect solution for both these needs.

“This is an extremely exciting time for the LiFi community, and we are thrilled to welcome Signify as a contributor member. Together we will enable innovation and network infrastructure that are fully interoperable with a growing number of devices, at a time when demand for reliable and secure connectivity is increasing,” said Livia Rosu, HomeGrid Forum President. “LiFi will build on an open standard to ensure full interoperability and widespread market acceptance.

"Signify’s expertise will be instrumental as the Forum continues to innovate G.hn technology for LiFi use cases in airports, banks, factories, government and defence organisations – all of which require simultaneous high security and low latency connectivity.”

With a presence in over 70 countries, the portfolio of Trulifi by Signify systems is enabling the transition to Industry 4.0 by creating safer Internet highways for government and defence, office workspaces, hospitality locations, AR/VR devices and factory machines.

“Standardisation is the cornerstone for LiFi interoperability, which is an essential condition for lowering barriers to adoption, encouraging competition and innovation, and building consumer confidence,” said Musa Unmehopa, Head of Ecosystems and Strategic Alliances at Signify. “We join HomeGrid Forum to grow the LiFi ecosystem in which we collectively create and build a global market where we can all compete effectively and serve consumers.”

Trulifi by Signify can also be retrofitted into existing luminaires to provide the network infrastructure.

“The capabilities of G.hn are critical success factors for enabling LiFi applications. By working together as an industry, we can ensure the end-to-end coexistence and interoperability that is needed to build the LiFi ecosystem on the solid G.hn foundation,” said Rosu.

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