The Internet of Things and its revolution in offices

30/10/2019

The Internet of Things and its revolution in offices

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to revolutionise every area of society. Technology is continually seeking to offer users more speed and better connectivity. LiFi (Light Fidelity) could be one of the technologies used to revolutionise offices alongside 5G technology.

LiFi is a wireless data transmission technology that uses light to send information, unlike WiFi which does so through electromagnetic waves. It is 100 times faster than WiFi and can transmit much more information per second. With this new technology, connecting to the Internet can be as easy as pointing your mobile phone at a streetlamp, a light or a LED TV. Although it is an innovative, futuristic, easily-installed technology that does not affect the normal use of the light that provides it, LiFi is not intended as a rival to WiFi, at least for the time being, as its reach depends on the light cone.

What will happen when this technology reaches offices?

At the start of 2018, Philips began to do tests with LiFi technology in offices. The first surprising feature was the easy installation of the system, which does not require wiring, but is rather incorporated into the light structure of the space. A few weeks later, moreover, this system was observed to send and receive data much more securely, which makes it of great interest to companies that handle sensitive information. This, plus the fact that light cannot be beamed through walls, thus preventing any connection from outside, which is very often the reason why information filters out or is intercepted.

Using LiFi in offices is also advantageous as the system provides a velocity that is 100 times faster than WiFi. This makes it ideal for spaces in which a lot of people have to connect to the Internet with not only one but with several devices. It also allows for simultaneous uses without affecting facilities’ lighting quality.

Then there is also the energy saving involved in using this innovative system, which not only enhances energy efficiency but also notably improves the operations performed, provides in-depth data on the activity being undertaken and, through the system’s remote controls, allows for adjustment of lighting levels and programming of the times when it is on.

It has taken years for the technology to arrive and revolutionise our daily lives. Offices were always going to be involved. In short, LiFi is a very interesting technology with a great deal of potential to make connectivity in work spaces more efficient, faster and more secure.

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