A second UK university is attempting to become a key player in developing next-generation wireless technologies.
The University of Edinburgh yesterday opened a research facility dedicated to Li-Fi, a technology similar to Wi-Fi that uses light waves to transmit data instead of radio waves. The facility follows in the footsteps of a 5G research center currently being constructed by the University of Surrey.
Professor Harald Haas, chair of mobile communications at the University of Edinburgh, says the new facility will “accelerate the adoption of Li-Fi and emerging wireless technology through engagement with major industrial partners.”
The university estimates the global Li-Fi industry could be worth $6 billion (€4.4 billion), and that the technology will enable connectivity in environments where current wireless techs don’t operate, including hospitals and aircraft cabins.