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Low-power LED Bulbs To Be Used As 10mbps Wireless Network

Researchers at Boston University’s College of Engineering are working on a new system that will use visible light as a medium of internet connectivity.

The proposed systems will employ low-power LED system as data network access point, which will support data transfer speeds up to 10mbps, and the light based internet connectivity networks will be more secure than the existing RF networks, researchers claimed.

The initiative named, the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Centre, will receive a huge funding of USD 18.5 million from the US National Science Foundation.

Explaining the importance of the project, Thomas Little, professor Boston University said, “Imagine if your computer, iPhone, TV, radio and thermostat could all communicate when you walked in a room just by flipping the wall light switch”.

The LED-based communication system will be much better than the existing RF based Wi-Fi technology, in terms of low power consumption, no electromagnetic interference and high reliability, Little added.

Researchers have also affirmed that the future forms of the technology would provide higher speeds and expected to extend its support to more sophisticated devices such as, smartphones, TVs, etc.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.