Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the communication technology sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising LiFi startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Emerging LiFi Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of wireless connectivity. For this research, we identified 563 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative light fidelity (LiFi) solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 563 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
LiFi.nl – LiFi Platform
One of the major benefits of developing or employing light fidelity (LiFi), a wireless communications technology, involves the potential for widespread access to high-speed internet. The only requirement is a source of light, like light-emitting diodes (LED), that blinks rapidly every second to transmit data over optical fiber cables. With several businesses already using LED bulbs and lighting, it also enables an easy transition from WiFi networks, which require expensive equipment for high-speed internet.
Dutch startup LiFi.nl provides a platform for everything in the field of LiFi. Its wide-ranging applications include public lighting and internet solutions, vehicle to vehicle communications (V2V), and reducing weight in passenger aviation. They currently offer an end to end LiFi platform for the Netherlands and Belgium.
nextLIFI – LiFi For Medical Applications
Growing concerns over data and cybersecurity is another major reason for considering LiFi solutions. The very nature of light in enclosed spaces makes it suitable for short-range communications while ensuring a high degree of safety, as light cannot travel through walls. This expands the scope for data privacy as each LED or room does not require a connection with the other LEDs in a building. This also makes it difficult to hack into LiFi networks without being present under a particular light source.
Australian startup nextLIFI is developing and commercializing various LiFi and internet of things (IoT) applications. It provides a three-stage commercial implementation strategy that includes rolling out LEDs at scale, installation and activation services, and residential rollout. The smart hospital solution is suitable for waiting rooms, corridors, patient rooms, and operating theatres. LiFi eliminates issues surrounding electromagnetic interference which currently limits the use of WiFi and smartphones in hospitals.
Infinity Technology Services – High-Speed LiFi Connectivity
Another significant benefit of using LiFi is its extremely high capacity for transmitting data, at very high speeds. This is possible as the visible light spectrum is much larger than the radio frequency spectrum that WiFi networks currently use. This allows for more devices to be connected to a single LiFi network while also delivering high internet speed. Such disruptive opportunities drive startups to innovate in this sector.
Chinese startup Infinity Technology Services offers a high-speed LiFi connection with its InfinityLiFi X. The secure, lightweight, and plug-and-play design easily integrates with existing computers and smartphones via an app. Capable of transmitting at 150 Gbps speeds, it offers users reliable and safe wireless internet connectivity. They currently cater to hospitals, government buildings, and businesses.
SLUX – Long Distance LiFi Connectivity
By using light instead of radio waves to transmit data, LiFi also provides low interference to networks. This is essential while performing essential and high-cost medical tasks and offers applications for the military as well. Moreover, transmission by light is not limited to LEDs and startups are developing new ways of data transmission using different media that reflect any visible spectrum of light.
Swiss startup SLUX presents several different ways of connecting devices without wires and radio waves, by using multiple light sources like led, light bulbs, neon tubes, and plasma. SLUX develops solutions to improve the efficiency of visible light communication including long-distance LiFi, with a range of around 30 km. It also aims to improve connections around obstacles and is researching the use of complex materials in solar PV panels.
HAVR – LiFi-Enabled Security
Finally, LiFi holds the potential for disrupting every day activities by enabling novel techniques and applications. In combination with artificial intelligence (AI), advanced robotics, and smart lighting, LiFi can potentially improve factory or warehouse operations, bringing significant cost benefits to many industries. As advancements in the field of LiFi continue, startups are closing in on the milestones required for ubiquitous use.
French startup HAVR offers a LiFi-based smart lock system for doors, BrightLock. Their solution enables managing thousands of doors and users from a central platform. BrightLock brings secure access management to homes and offices, as well as for service companies. This enables organizations to develop smart solutions, for example, in last-mile delivery services. With flexible options for control and access, the startup also enables wider adoption of LiFi technology.
What About The Other 558 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 LiFi startups showcased above are promising examples out of 563 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.