Edinburgh company proves power of LiFi in disaster situations

purelifi demonstrates the power of lifi in disaster situations

Edinburgh company pureLiFi has been working alongside, Verizon, Nokia and Aegex Technologies, to demonstrate how LiFi can provide communication solutions in disaster situations.

At an event named Operation Convergent Response (OCR), held at the Guardian Centers training facility in the United States, pureLiFi demonstrated their wireless LiFi technology in a subway disaster scenario. LiFi technology was used to maintain, real-time, bi-directional communications that could enable communications with a command centre allowing the emergency services to maintain safe, reliable connectivity during a response.

The Guardian Center is a world class US training facility for disaster response units who can gain experience under real emergency conditions. The event featured technologies that could advance communications during rescue operations and ultimately save lives.

The CSO and co-founder of pureLiFi is Professor Harald Haas, a man who has become known as the ‘father of LiFi’ after introducing the technology to the world at a TED Global talk in 2011, where he demonstrated light fidelity for the first time and coined the term LiFi.

LiFi uses light rather than radio frequencies technology such as Wi-Fi. Therefore, it can provide wireless connectivity in areas that Wi-Fi cannot, such as power plants, petrochemical facilities, and hospitals.

LiFi also eliminates interference because light can be directed. pureLiFi’s systems can be simply installed alongside existing lighting infrastructures, making LiFi an ideal technology when both light and communications are required. As demonstrated at the Guardian Center, LiFi can also maintain safe and reliable performance under disaster situations.


Aegex CEO Thomas P. Ventulett said the event proved the “power of collaborative IoT solutions”.

He said: “Working with our technology partners like pureLiFi at this event truly showed the power of collaborative IoT solutions to solve complex problems in the most critical of operations.”

Alistair Banham, pureLiFi CEO, added:

“ LiFi provides uniquely reliable wireless communications in unpredictable conditions such as disaster circumstances. Due to the growing pervasiveness of LED lighting and the high speed, safe, secure and noninvasive qualities of LiFi the applications for this technology are limitless. LiFi will provide connectivity for our homes, our offices or public spaces and beyond.”