Scottish secondary school pupils have become the first in the world to benefit from LiFi technology, which uses light to establish high-speed wireless internet connections.
The project at Kyle Academy in Ayr, Scotland is being conducted by pureLiFi, the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Futures Trust, with the help of a £16,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Digital Schools initiative.
LiFi technology is a secure, highspeed, bi-directional, networked wireless communication technology that uses light waves rather than radio waves to transmit data. When installed alongside Wi-Fi, the additional bandwidth it provides reduces network congestion, enabling students to stream educational videos and download resources with seamless connectivity.
Kyle Academy is using a pureLiFi system made up of eight ceiling-mounted LiFi-enabled LED light bulbs, which connect to LiFi-XC Stations plugged into students’ laptops.