CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE ON LIGHT FIDELITY (LIFI) TO BE LAUNCHED BY IIIT-DELHI
IIIT – The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi is going to start a new Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Light Fidelity (LiFi). The CoE will also facilitate capacity building by supporting research collaboration and exchange of experts between India and the European countries.
TSDSI and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) are formulating the activities under this project from India and the European countries. A communication technology, LiFi works in data transmission through light. CoE is aiming to develop technology solutions and products for enhancement of the last mile connectivity through Visible Light Communication (VLC), connect entrepreneurs in India with academic researchers and standardization bodies, manpower training, and development of training, and classroom courses on VLC, as informed by the IIIT-Delhi.
IIIT-Delhi added, “The CoE will also work on the standardisation of these technologies, in the context of 5G and beyond, through TSDSI and lead the way for international standardization of 5G VLC based solutions through 3GPP.”
Prof Anand Srivastava, Dr Vivek Bohara, and Dr Gourab Ghatak, the leading researchers on optical wireless communications will drive CoE. The professors are involved in development of hardware, and algorithms for indoor LiFi systems, hybrid RF-VLC systems, and VLC systems for V2V applications (IIIT-Delhi informed).
IIIT-Delhi concluded by saying, “VLC/LiFi technology is particularly interesting in the Indian context, as the Govt of India has launched a scheme for LED bulb distribution under the domestic efficient lighting program (DELP), in the purview of which India has distributed 15 Million LEDs so far. Thus, an efficient development and roll-out of this technology will augment the internet-access capabilities and complement the LED boom in India.”