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Pupils pilot pioneering Scottish LiFi technology

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Alistair Banham and Harald Haas of Pure LiFi with Paul Wheelhouse and Kyle student demonstrating the kit


 

Scottish secondary school pupils have become the first in the world to benefit from next-generation high-speed wireless internet connectivity using light.

PureLiFi, the Edinburgh-based company, has used its LiFi solutions – which use light to establish wireless internet connections – at Kyle Academy secondary school in Ayr.

Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, joined students taking part in the LiFi trial. He said the technology “has the potential to transform delivery of wireless broadband communications.

“The pilot trial in Kyle Academy represents a potentially very valuable contribution to our knowledge and understanding of evolving 5G technologies.”                                                

The installation of pureLiFi’s LiFi-XC system comprises eight LiFi-enabled LED light bulbs in the ceiling and students have been given access to LiFi-XC Stations that plug into their laptops enabling high-speed connectivity through the lights.

With the increasing number of internet-connected devices in classrooms, installing LiFi alongside Wi-Fi provides additional bandwidth to reduce network congestion – enabling students to stream educational videos and download resources with seamless connectivity.

Wireless connectivity is also in growing demand as schools seek to cater for more students by maximising the use of space with flexible work areas through the use of mobile devices, such as laptops, rather than a room of wired-internet PCs.



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