LiFi News

Volume 1/Issue 3
20 February 2017

  • VLNComm Introduces the Industry’s 1st LED panel
  • Exhibiting at LFI 2018
  • Proof of Concept for Industrial Deployment
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Planned Exhibitions
  • US Army Fast Track
  • LiFi Alliance
LED Panel – VLNComm has developed the fastest, most affordable and most innovative LiFi LED lighting panel in the industry achieving throughput speeds of 108Mbps down and 53Mbps up.

Exhibiting – CES – VLNComm had more than 500 visitors at its booth in Las Vegas. Additionally, the firm is planning to exhibit at LFI 2018 in Chicago in May and locally at the TomTom Festival in April.

US Army and Navy Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) – VLNComm submitted 2 proposals to the Army and the Navy. Results will be announced in May.

Partnerships – Our final proposal to develop a proof of concept was accepted by a fixture partner and we anticipate beginning work in the March, April timeframe. The firm continues to expand its partnership base to include: luminaire providers, manufacturers, distributors, integrators and the US Government, e.g., Defense.

Seed-Funding Investment– The firm is continuing its campaign to raise seed funding. If interested in investing, please email the following for information:

Press Release Visibility Report– The latest PR was picked up by 248 outlets with a potential audience of nearly 82M people. Most notable was an article in Lux Magazine (link)

Paris – The firm participated in the first LiFi Forum hosted by Orange and attended by more than 200 people. The photo shows key members of the LiFi development community (VLNComm center). The team continues to expand participation and is planning on having meetings every 6 weeks. Highlights include: Taxonomy, Use Cases and increasing Participation. Paris
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125 Riverbend Dr. Ste 2
Charlottesville, VA 22911


Volume 1/Issue 2
8 December 2017

  • VLNComm Miniaturizes USB Adaptor – Industy’s Most Robust
  • Exhibiting at CES 2018
  • Proof of Concept for Industrial Deployment
  • Exploratory Partnerships
  • Participation in LUXLIVE and LiFi Forum
  • LiFi Alliance
  • US Army Fast Track
USB Adaptor/Transceiver – VLNComm has developed the fastest, most affordable and among the smallest LiFi enabled USB adapters on the market. The goal remains to miniaturize to the point of easily embedding inside devices.

Exhibiting – CES 2018, Las Vegas – VLNComm will exhibit at the Eureka Park venue Jan 9-12. Plans include: technology demonstrations and announcements about hardware and industry leading throughput/connectivity speed.

US Army RDECOM Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) – VLNComm held discussions with representatives from RDECOM on a 2018 SBIR to provide LiFi networking for Tactical Shelters. This program will provide access to $1.2M in funding.

Rapid Prototyping– The firm is working with an industry leading lighting manufacturer to develop a case study, proof of concept for LiFi mesh networking using high bay LED fixtures intended for industrial and manufacturing facilities for wireless connectivity to machines, sensors, nodes, and users. The LED fixtures will have LiFi drivers and receivers to communicate with adjacent fixtures and with the devices that are located within its coverage area. The communication between devices across the facility will be relayed by the fixture.

Seed Funding Investment– The firm is continuing its campaign to raise seed funding. If interested in investing, please email the following for information:

Europe – London – The firm attended LuxLive holding discussions with dozens of lighting manufacturers as well as publicists.

Paris – The firm participated in the first LiFi Forum hosted by Orange and attended by more than 200 people. LiFi Alliance/Association (name is tbd) – Discussions are on-going with Orange, Deutch Telecom, Philips, Lucibel, Zero.1, VLNComm and Purelifi agreeing on the common interest in the standardization of the technology and market education. The group is now looking to form a broader industry group that would help accelerate market education with a wider set of participants.
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125 Riverbend Dr. Ste 2
Charlottesville, VA 22911


Volume 1/Issue 1 15 September 2017

  • VLNComm actively participates in shaping IEEE 802.15.7 (LiFi) Standards
  • LiFi 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 LiFi 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 LiFi. 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 LiFi 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

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.

New Networking Technology Developed at VLNComm – NBC News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NBC29) – There’s new breakthrough Internet technology in town using light to connect to the Internet. A team from the University of Virginia is using light bulbs to access the Internet as a more secure alternative to WiFi.

It’s incredible to even consider that the same LED light bulb that brightens your desk could provide you with faster and safer Internet access but this team believes that within five years the technology could be everywhere.

VLNComm is a new business in Charlottesville. The name stands for Visible Light Network Communications, meaning they will be able to transmit Internet through light bulbs.

“Just imagine a world when we have 14-billion light bulbs, which are already there, when we can turn them into a device for communication,” said Fraidoon Hovaizi, a co-founder of VLNComm. “This has worldwide implications, and that can bring a safer and greener world to Americans and to the rest of the world.”

Hovaizi co-founded the business last year with UVA grad Mohammad Noshad and they consult with Noshad’s former professor, Maite Brandt-Pearce. Together they’re working on a prototype desk lamp with an LED bulb that can provide Internet access.

They say Internet by light will be safer than WiFi because people outside the room with the lights won’t be able to access the network.

“The signals are lights and it cannot pass through the walls, but in WiFi security is a major concern,” said Noshad

This makes it appealing to government and military groups. They say it will also be highly accessible especially in large places like airports with a lot of lights in place.

There are other companies working to develop this technology around the world but VLNComm believes it has the strongest computer coding that allows electronic devices to access the Internet through light.

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