You could access WiFi through your lamps at home

GiGaLiFi, a Mexican company, announced that it is working on the development of technology for the transmission of data through light

You could access WiFi through your lamps at home
GiGaLiFi is a Mexican company created in 2018 – Photo: Taken from GiGaLiFi's Facebook page
English 03/02/2019 11:52 Notimex Mexico City Actualizada 11:52

GiGaLiFi, a Mexican company, announced that it is working on the development of technology for the transmission of data through light, which means getting rid of cables and connections to access the Internet and WiFi.

Through partnerships with several technology companies, and by using conventional lamps in homes and offices, their technology could be installed. It consists of an external receiver, it is connected to the device and that is enough to have an internet connection.

The hardware consists of two parts: the LED lamp, transmitter, and the adapter with the chip, dongle.

GiGaLiFi, as part of the 4.0 Industrial Cluster, presented its developments at the CES 2019, a technology fair, which was recently held in Las Vegas.



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Karina Canavati, the company's director of Public Relations and Communications, said that with this type of projects, Mexico shows that it has talent and that what is needed is investment and making scientific work visible.

Among the advantages of this device, is that the data flow could become faster, up to a hundred times faster compared to the current connections, in addition to being safe and, therefore, it would be less vulnerable to cyber attacks.

"The light only arrives from point to point, it does not travel through walls, as WiFi does; so, in order for someone to steal data, it would have to be within the user's visual field," she said.

The prototype they presented transmits data at a speed of 12 megabits per second and, when improved, they hope to increase it to 30. In addition, it could be applicable for traffic lights, hospitals, and in government offices, where confidential information is handled, or convention centers, where this service is required.

The Mexican company will participate in a pilot test with the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, through the Deputy Ministry of Communications and Technological Development. The proposal consists in using it at the Mexico Connected Points rooms, in total there are 32, one per state.

At the same time, they will test in a classroom in Mexico City. They will be, said Canavati, the first users doing tests, seeing how it works and they will give feedback.

The representative of GiGaLiFi emphasized that they require external investment to manufacture the chips, adapters or transmitters that can be installed in LED lamps. Therefore, they will look for strategic allies, lamp manufacturers and companies to implement this advanced Mexican technology into their products.

She considers that government support is key, mainly in the cities or municipalities that want to become smart cities.

The Mexican company was created in 2018, although Arturo Campos Fentanes began the research project in 2012. He is a mathematician graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).