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Data-Transmitting Lighting Systems

Alexandre Picciotto and Oledcomm Introduce the C-224 Lamp

— July 24, 2018 — Art & Design
Alexandre Picciotto is a student at ÉCAL and recently collaborated with French technology label Oledcomm on the C-224 Lamp. The lighting system is a LiFi piece designed specifically for library usage. It transmits data using LEDs, emitting a visual light wave towards devices with the specific dongle. The piece also infuses infrared emitters in order to send the data using invisible light to ensure that the LiFi connectivity still functions when the light is off. LiFi technology was first developed by Professor Harald Haas at the University of Edinburgh and is recently making its way onto commercial ventures.

The C-224 Lamp allows up to four hotspot connections and its light diffuser structure is made to completely cover the designated library table with both illumination and network connectivity. Its head is constructed from aluminum with a Plexiglass Satinice diffuser in order to evenly distribute light and the infrared component is coated with four mirror-treated glass sections to protect the human eye.
Trend Themes
1. Lifi Technology - The development and implementation of LiFi technology in lighting systems present opportunities for faster and more secure data transmission.
2. Visible Light Communication - The use of visible light waves to transmit data opens up possibilities for integrating communication capabilities into existing lighting infrastructure.
3. Invisible Light Data Transmission - The incorporation of infrared emitters in lighting systems enables data transmission even when the visible light is turned off, providing uninterrupted connectivity.
Industry Implications
1. Smart Lighting - The smart lighting industry can leverage LiFi technology to create intelligent lighting systems that also serve as data transmission mediums.
2. Telecommunications - LiFi technology and visible light communication present disruptive innovation opportunities for the telecommunications industry by offering alternative methods of data transmission.
3. Education - The integration of LiFi technology into lighting systems can revolutionize educational environments, providing fast and secure Wi-Fi connectivity for students and facilitating interactive learning experiences.
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