Next Generation of Wireless Networks:
Wireless Connectivity Through Lighting

VLNComm is developing Visible Light Communication (Li-Fi) technology that uses optical energy to provide simultaneous lighting needs and wireless data transmission.

Advantages of Li-Fi Technology

Higher Security

Security is a major concern for all Wi-Fi users. This is due to the fact that the signals pass through walls and make Wi-Fi vulnerable to eavesdropping. Security is not an issue of concern in a Li-Fi environment since the visible light signal is confined to the indoor environment and it has high security.

Green and Eco-Friendly

Li-Fi integrates the communication system with the green and eco-friendly lighting system and proposes dual-use of the lights that are used for illumination purposes.

High Speed Connection

Li-Fi has the potential to significantly increase the speed of internet connection in multiuser indoor environments due to the broad bandwidth of the visible light, from 400 THz (780 nm) to 800 THz (375 nm).

Large User Support

Li-Fi can offer high density communication by using hundreds of LEDs on each bulb or lighting panel and can offer broadband connections to a large number of users by reusing the spectrum in larger areas.

No Health Concern

Unlike radio signals, Li-Fi cannot penetrate inside the body and is blocked by the skin. Therefore, it is safe for the human body and any group of people, including children and pregnant women can use it for connecting to the Internet without concern.

Indoor GPS

Li-Fi technology can also offer location based services (indoor GPS) by accurately estimating the position of users, which can be used for navigation in warehouses, museums and shopping malls. Each user estimates its own location by measuring the delay time between the transmitted and received pings from each Li-Fi access point and calculating its distance from each fixture.


LumiNet Desktop: Li-Fi Enabled Desk Lamp

LumiNet Desktop is a plug and play desklamp that provide Li-Fi connection....

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LumiNet Stick: USB Stick for Li-Fi Connectivity

VLNComm provides LumiNet Stick to connect any electronic device with USB port to the Li-Fi network....

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LumiNet Pad: Li-Fi-Enabled LED Panel

Lighting panels are used as the light sources in large indoor areas. ...

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Our Team

Fraidoon Hovaizi

CEO, Co Founder

Mohammad Noshad

CTO, Co Founder

Maite Brandt-Pearce

Chair of the Board, Co Founder

Farid Momeni

Chief Product Officer

Xu Wang

Engineering Director

Zhen Guo

Senior System Engineer

Robert Walker

Senior Hardware Engineer

Gaurav Patil

RTL Design Engineer (PHY)

Jongseok Lee

FPGA Design Engineer

Ali Haddadpour

Optics Engineer

Hamed Ahmadzadeh

Test Engineer

Garrett McKee

Test Engineer


Wall Street Journal: The Future of Home Wi-Fi

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Li-Fi and VLNComm in the News (Sept 11, 2017) “Transmitting information with light is as old as the signal fire, but transmitting high-speed data via the lights above our heads has only been possible for about five years. A handful of startups—including VLNComm, Velmenni and PureLiFi—are working on systems that flicker LED lights so quickly […]...

Professor, Former Grad Student Market ‘Li-Fi’ – LED-Based Data Network

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Let there be light. And let there be information.

A University of Virginia engineering professor and her former graduate student have refined an alternative to Wi-Fi, and they have formed a company to market the concept. The technology is called “Li-Fi,” because it uses LED light waves to transmit data.

Maite Brandt-Pearce, a professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mohammad Noshad, her former Ph.D. student, have teamed with entrepreneur Fraidoon Hovaizi to create VLNComm LLC. The company employs nine and has a facility in the Pantops area of Albemarle County, east of Charlottesville.

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Bloomberg Business Week: Meet Li-Fi: Internet Using LED Light Waves

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Wi-Fi networks dependent on radio waves are growing more congested all the time—and can’t be used everywhere—so various researchers and companies are betting light waves from LED lamps and overheads can also stream data and connect people to the internet. So-called Li-Fi technology, which uses a much more abundant slice of the wireless spectrum, is also more energy-efficient than Wi-Fi, though for now people need a special USB drive to use it. Light waves can’t pass through walls like radio waves do, but that also makes the networks more secure. A group from the world’s largest technical association, IEEE, will have draft standards for Li-Fi ready by yearend for companies that want to commercialize the technology, says its chairman, Bob Heile.

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Volume 1/Issue 2 8 December 2017 HEADLINES VLNComm Miniaturizes USB Adaptor – Industry’s Smallest Exhibiting at CES 2018 Proof of Concept for Industrial Deployment LiFi Alliance US Army Fast Track USB Adaptor/Transceivere – VLNComm has miniaturized the USB adapter (“dongle”) to be the smallest in the industry. The goal remains to miniaturize to the point of […]...


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Volume 1/Issue 1
15 September 2017

  • VLNComm actively participates in shaping IEEE 802.15.7 (Li-Fi) Standards
  • Li-Fi and VLNComm in the news: Wall Street Journal LINK
  • Prototype rollout to partners planned for mid-September
  • Exhibiting in Charlottesville TomTom Tech Mixer LINK
  • Participation in LUXLIVE 2017 LINK

IEEE Standards Committee – VLNComm is actively shaping the IEEE Li-Fi Standards. A number of VLNComm’s patents will make up the new Standards with plans to be finalized in late 2018-2019.

WSJ– VLNComm named in a recent Wall Street Journal article providing details about next generation communication solutions including Li-Fi. VLNComm remains on the forefront of R&D in a very select group of companies.

“Transmitting information with light is as old as the signal fire, but transmitting high-speed data via the lights above our heads has only been possible for about five years. A handful of startups—including VLNComm, Velmenni and PureLiFi—are working on systems that flicker LED lights so quickly they can transmit information at up to 43 megabits a second”.

Seed Funding Investment– VLNComm has initiated a campaign to raise seed funding. If interested in investing, please email the following for information:

Business– Over the course of the last several months, VLNComm has entertained visits from dozens of world-renowned technology,
LED and Luminaire firms, investors and potential partners with an interest in our Li-Fi solutions. To that end, we are preparing shipment of our initial prototype, leading to further collaboration and the refinement of use cases and value propositions for what many consider to be a necessary augmentation to WiFi in an expanding market that continues to draw on a narrow RF spectrum unable to meet the insatiable appetite for connectivity and access to the Internet.

Europe – The firm will be meeting with dozens of potential collaborators and partners at the November LuxLive event in London, UK. This event is Europe’s largest lighting show with more than 1000 exhibitors.

Exhibiting– VLNComm will exhibit at the upcoming TomTom Festival Tech Mixer. This will be held on September 22 from 5:00-8:00PM on the downtown mall, Charlottesville, VA.

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UVA Researchers to Provide Faster Data Through LED Light

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) — Wireless Internet is about to be looked at in a whole new light. One professor and a few PhD students at the University of Virginia are designing a way to use light waves to get data faster.

Wi-Fi uses radio waves to transfer data to devices like smart phones and computers. This new system would use a mechanism through a light emitting diode, or LED, to send light waves that would transfer data.

It would ‘pulse’ quickly to send the data, something that would be invisible to the human eye.

It is all starting with a prototype desk lamp that would provide an internet connection. The system would provide an Internet connection for every user individually.

Maite Brand-Pearce is an electrical engineering professor at UVa and has been working on the project with some PhD students toward getting a product that is more powerful and can be used in large rooms with multiple people.

“This light that’s on top of me is providing me data but the light that’s on top of you is providing you data,” said Brand-Pearce. “So we don’t compete. So while Wi-Fi is here in this building, I share it with ten offices. I’m constantly competing for bandwidth.”

The new light could be used in airplanes where Internet connection is unavailable with the overhead lamp. It could also be used in hospitals where Wi-Fi is not permitted.

The technology may one day be designed for large stadiums where there is competition between users. ...

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