Visual Light Communication (VLC) is the transmitting of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, that bring lightning-fast connectivity, to an infrastructure that advances solutions from the limitations now faced by radio-controlled Wi-Fi and shaping the future of Intelligent/Smart Cities Connecting the smart city:
The future of an Intelligent/Smart City is materializing with the advancement of next generation of wireless technologies such as Visual Light Communications (VLC)/ Light Fidelity (Li-Fi), 5G Network, and Long Range Radio (LoRa), through the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) where Smart-devices will connect our urban landscape to collectively engage and provide a revolution of advanced connected platforms.
The nucleus of any and all future Intelligent platforms translates to the “need for speed”. This is the case for running autonomous vehicles, the running of efficiently driven green utility networks and smartly connected transportation to cope with a ever rising population growth. These networks and the devices they connect to will impact and change your daily lives at work, rest and play.
The enormous cost of running an IoT over the next 5 years will increase to over $2 billion. Research firm IDC is predicting that the cost of running and services is expected to climb to $2.2 trillion by 2021. The IoT platforms are expected to bring exponential opportunities to both consumers and businesses in cities across the world, in order to advance 21st-century urban living to a much more comfortable, productive, environmentally sustainable through an enhanced technologically vibrant state.
In order to run the IoT eco-system – cities around the world will have to cope with major infrastructure changes since the current “fourth generation” (4G) platform is not equipped to handle its broad-based applications. This will pose unique challenges to both device smart device manufacturers and software engineers.
With respects to real-time applications, Low latency, which describes a computer network that is optimized to process a very high volume of data messages with minimal delay (latency). Networks like this are created to support operations that allow for real-time access ability to a very rapidly changing data. This in turns provides the required real-time with solid-state reliable interactivity for any smart/intelligent services using the cloud-based applications, such as, for, autonomous VLC connected vehicles, healthcare/hospital related monitoring systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI) robotics and various other related industrial applications. Applications to run autonomous drones and driving networks are going to require vastly fast response times but will not translate a need for particularly fast data rates.
So, for example, a car running at 100km/h will move 28.3m every second, or 2.8 cm every millisecond. If the monitored sensors on the road required to capture data of an unexpected event ahead in order to effective.
Most other 5G networks function using cases, such as enterprise cloud-based services, they would provide faster data rate exchanges, but would not require variable low latency. New MNOs will manage to “split” their 5G networks up in order to meet the various requirements of changing services.
With the environment of new ever-changing IoT devices and smart city services, security is vital. This is evident for example, in autonomous cars and healthcare devices, where any disruption or possible network hacks could possess and lead to catastrophic consequences. Governments, corporations, and businesses have a due to safeguard the security that is vested into secure 5G networks from the very start to ensure safety and security.
The cities of the tomorrow with the use of locked and super-fast 5G communications networks used by various governments, city councils, corporations, businesses and hardware and software manufacturers, will refortify smart cities to constantly recalibrate and respond safely to traffic jams, road and rail emergencies, devastating weather conditions or city disasters that could respond in awake to save lives.
The 5G network band is being comprised of various components features, one of the most important being used is by German technology giant; LUXORR VLC. An extremely highspeed wireless technology that resembles (but multitudes ahead) of conventional Wi-Fi. LUXORR VLC protocols can reach blazing level speeds of up to 444 gigabits per/second. This form of advanced optical imaging runs using LED driven Visible Light Communication (VLC), while conventional WiFi runs on older radio based spectrum technology which has reached its ceiling levels of up to 97% of available bandwidth.
Outside of the incredible speed and latency, the strong benefits of LUXORR VLC is that it uses microchipped (LED) bulbs and tubes to transmit light-emitting diode which can bring forth, extremely secure, very reliable connectivity on planes, at hospitals, nuclear power stations, and submarines – all limited due to interference by VLC.
As well as being incredibly fast, LUXORR VLC is very cost effective and lasting solution for smart city application which otherwise would constantly require infrastructure upgrades. Currently, LUXORR VLC is being explored for use in Montreal, QC and Dubai, UAE a fullyoperational VLC based network in high-density public places, commercial and business settings.
With the introduction of VLC and 5G operational platforms, there is little doubt that this will lead to a revolution in wake for Intelligent/Smart cities to thrive. This is not the only platform that can power smart devices. Technology will modernize cities to transform into digital ecosystem, embedding millions of small powered sensors located throughout buildings, located in throughout city platforms to survey the amount of traffic, utility services, city infrastructure, climate and weather conditions. As a result, LoRa will come to serve as a truly disruptive technology.