Monash University Collaborates with Australian LiFi Tech Company to Develop Li-Fi Prototypes

Monash University, and an Australian technology company called nextLiFi are collaborating to work on a technology that could supersede Wi-Fi and greatly benefit the IoT Industry. They will create prototypes that use Visible Light Communication, also known as Li-Fi, to transmit data. Li-Fi has the potential to transmit data 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, with better security and lower energy costs.

LiFi technology uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) to transmit data, as opposed to Wi-Fi, which uses radio frequency. LEDs imperceptibly flicker thousands of times per second, making it possible to use them for sending vast amounts of information.

Director of Industry Engagement for the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of IT, Madeleine McManus OAM, said that Monash was proud to be leading the way with research into this exciting new technology. The research will be conducted in the Monash Microwave, Antenna, RFID and Sensor Laboratory in Melbourne Australia and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, led by highly regarded electrical engineer Associate Professor Nemai Karmakar.

The current radio frequency technology is already overburdened, this Visible Light Communication market has the potential to grow exponentially in the next few years, especially in the IoT sector due to its vast benefits with low cost, large spectrum, and security advantages. nextLiFi expects to see some exciting new discoveries as they head towards their first commercial Li-Fi applications being used in the industry within the next 24 months.Through this international industry collaboration, Monash University are expanding their research and commercialisation horizons from microwave and millimeter wave technologies to the exciting domain of visible lightwaves, which has really strong potential to benefit the national economy.