LiFi: Security Network

Li-Fi, or Light Fidelity, is a wireless communication technology that uses visible light or the infrared spectrum to transmit data. It is an emerging technology capable of providing secure, high-speed wireless communication.

 

Some key points of LiFi and its network

High-speed communication: LiFi has the potential to offer significantly higher data transfer rates than traditional Wi-Fi. It is, in fact, up to 1Gb/s and will reach 1 Tbit/s by 2025, according to industry studies. Already today, in the laboratory, it is possible to achieve these speeds that commercially will only be achieved with the advent of 6G, of which LiFi is a precursor, as the sixth generation of connectivity will fully embrace the Thz frequencies of light, from the visible to the unseen.

Limited range and line-of-sight: One limitation of LiFi is its range and line-of-sight requirement. Because light waves do not penetrate through obstacles such as walls, LiFi signals are generally limited to the area where light is present. This, however, may offer inherent security advantages because the signals are less susceptible to interception from the outside. This means that more LiFi light sources or antennas may be needed to cover a larger area.

Interference: LiFi signals are less prone to interference from other devices because the light is less congested than the radio frequency spectrum used by Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies. This can help create a more reliable and secure communication environment.

Network security: LiFi networks can benefit from standard security measures such as encryption (e.g., using protocols such as Transport Layer Security - TLS) to protect data transmission. But because LiFi signals are confined to physical space, the risk of unauthorized access or eavesdropping from outside is extremely low.

Integration with existing infrastructure: LiFi can be integrated with existing lighting infrastructure by taking advantage of the widespread use of LED lights. This allows LiFi to be implemented without the need for additional dedicated infrastructure, making it potentially cost-effective.

Over the past two years, the adoption of LiFi technology by Government and Corporate has increased significantly in parallel with the industrialization and standardization of early application solutions and the relative increasing maturity of the target market. According to recent industry studies, the size of the LiFi market reached $127.66 million in 2021 and is expected to be worth about $15 billion by 2030, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51 percent from 2022 to 2030 (Source: www.precedenceresearch.com)

 

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IT technologies between physical and digital: LiFi and Surroundings

To support the necessary level of computerisation, digitisation and automation required by modern working environments, it’s indispensable to have smart technologies ready to support current and future operational challenges, such as the new application frontier that allows data to be transmitted through light: LiFi.

 

Panduit, Lainate (MI) – Competing with industry experts such as Panduit, a leader in infrastructure products and services for data networks and power applications, and Signify, a world leader in lighting for which we are a Certified System Integrator (Euronext: LIGHT), is always a source of opportunity and growth for a young innovative SME like ours. The participation of our CEO Francesco Paolo Russo, as Special Guest, allowed us to analyse from many points of view that phenomenon of ‘dematerialisation’ that in the last thirty years has led to a new dialogue between physical and digital in many workplaces, and above all to recount the many innovative aspects of LiFi technology.

Together with Gian Piero De Martino, Electrical and Network Infrastructure Business Unit Manager Panduit and Daniele Tordin, Technical System Engineer Panduit, we saw how, behind every delicate product and service, there is always an infrastructure with all its elements, often hidden, but not unimportant. The physical network makes possible a variety of applications that have become indispensable for everyone, such as communications, security, information and data transmission, environmental management, audio-video and lighting.

And how does LiFi fit into this picture? It’s simple: the evolution of transmission methods and media has not stopped at the sending of electrical signals through copper cables alone, but has seen the use of radio/wireless transmissions, data transfer through fibre optics through to the modulation of LED light to send and receive information in data format.

LiFi (Light Fidelity), in fact, is a cutting-edge technology that enables the transmission of data and information through visible and invisible frequencies. It is able to offer numerous advantages, including greater bandwidth and a high data transmission speed that today reaches 1Gb/s, and will reach, in 2025 according to industry studies, 1 Tbit/s. In the laboratory, these speeds are already being achieved today, which commercially will only be achieved with the advent of 6G, of which LiFi is a precursor as the sixth generation of connectivity will fully embrace the Thz frequencies of light.

This technology, using light and not emitting radio frequencies, can be used in sensitive and interference-hostile environments such as hospitals, aircraft and military bases. Furthermore, the use of a solution that uses light to provide connectivity, which by its very nature is confined within the limits of space and cannot overcome physical barriers, provides greater protection from potential hacker attacks from outside, making the transmission of information and data fast and secure. Another important feature of LiFi is its accuracy in terms of geolocalisation. It is possible to detect the position of a device, and therefore also of a user, with a margin of error of a few centimetres. This is a benchmark for the sector, especially considering that the most widely used technology for localisation to date is Bluetooth, which has error margins in the order of a metre.

Starting from this potential of LiFi, in To Be we have been carrying out intensive work on evangelising the technology for some years now in areas ranging from Healthcare to Education, from Cultural Heritage to Defence, and we have come to develop three application solutions: LiFi Geolocation, an indoor geolocation system that uses LED light modulation to define a user’s position extremely accurately, managing to enable, among other things, indoor navigation experiences; LiFi Streaming, a system for a two-way wireless connection to the PC and/or tablet network that is fast, secure and sustainable; LiFi Point To Point, a point-to-point communication system capable of providing wireless connectivity even over long distances, which can be used both indoors and outdoors.

To date, we have several very significant LiFi projects to our credit in different areas. Among the most important are the installations inside the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Castel del Monte, the MArTA Museum in Taranto, the National Archaeological Museum in Altamura and the entire circuit of the Sac Museums, which have enriched visitors’ experience by allowing them to receive information on the various works on display directly on their smartphones through the LiFi Art App and to be guided through the exhibition thanks to LiFi’s accurate geolocation system.

In several Italian schools between Lazio and Marche, we brought LiFi to enable students to connect to the network via light in a secure, fast and sustainable manner, while at ASL Napoli 2 Nord, the hospitals of Pozzuoli, Ischia and Procida are the first Italian health facilities where LiFi has enabled improved services for patients, visitors, doctors and hospital staff.

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LiFi P

To Be Widens its Horizons with LiFi P

To Be keeps working on providing a fast, secure and sustainable connection thanks to LiFi. Other than LiFi S and LiFi G, LiFi P is the new solution developed by To Be, which works through point-to-point data transmission.

What is LiFi?

LiFi is a cutting-edge technology that allows data transmission through LED light modulation. It can offer several benefits, such as large bandwidth and fast data transmission. Since it uses light and does not emit radio waves, LiFi can be ideal in environments that are hostile to interferences, such as hospitals, military buildings, and airports. In addition, since it provides connectivity by using light, that is enclosed in a specific area, LiFi prevents external hacker attacks. This makes LiFi safe and sustainable.

LiFi P2P

There are several solutions developed by To Be.  One important example is LiFi Geolocation, which allows an extremely accurate geolocation service and provides access to multimedia content through light modulation. Another one is LiFi Streaming, which offers a fast, secure and sustainable connection. Now, To Be widened its horizons with another significant LiFi solution: LiFi Point to Point (P2P), which guarantees effective wireless communication from point to point, even in long distances and without radio-frequency emissions.

 

How Does it Work? 

LiFi P2P involves two visually connected optical devices that immediately create a network, even over considerable distances, without the need to lay cables. You can travel even longer distances while maintaining stable performance by creating a network of LiFi P devices that bounce the signal between them. Crossing an area or warehouse, making offices in adjacent buildings communicate, and transporting data signals through a corridor without tracing or laying cables, thus becomes a simple and safe task with a transmission speed of up to 10 Gbps.

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LiFi Conference

To Be Represents Italy at the LiFi Conference

The second edition of the LiFi Conference, the most important global meeting for LiFi experts, took place on June 28th at the Eindhoven High Tech Campus, in the Netherlands. To Be’s representatives attended the event: we brought some of the Italian innovation experience in the Netherlands.

 

To Be's case studies caught much attention at the LiFi Conference: thanks to the collaboration with institutions and the corporate world, our innovative company implemented and realized several projects in different contexts, such as the Cultural Heritage, Healthcare, and Education sectors.

 

 LiFi: What is it?

LiFi is a cutting-edge technology that allows data transmission through LED light modulation. It can offer several benefits, such as large bandwidth and fast data transmission. Since it uses light and does not emit radio waves, LiFi can be ideal in environments that are hostile to interferences, such as hospitals, military buildings, and airports. In addition, since it provides connectivity by using light, that is enclosed in a specific area, LiFi prevents external hacker attacks. This makes LiFi safe and sustainable.

To Be at the LiFi Conference

The LiFi Conference was extremely relevant as it represented a global meeting point between industry and research to dive deeper into the latest trends of the market and its dynamics, as well as the potential applications of LiFi in several different sectors. Other important topics covered were the role of startups and research in the development and spread of LiFi.

 

The conference saw the participation of highly renowned figures at a global level, such as Harald Haas, a well-known Professor at Strathclyde University, who first coined the term "Li-Fi". Representing To Be there were Danilo Fattorini, Chief Operating Officer, and Francesco Paolo Russo, Founder, and CEO. For the occasion, we talked about Italy's contribution to the spread and development of LiFi services, particularly in sectors such as Cultural Heritage, Healthcare, and Education.

 

We are working on several significant LiFi projects in these fields, among which are installations in museums such as the Pompei Archeological Park, Castel Del Monte, MArTA in Taranto, and Altamura National Archeological Park, and so on. LiFi enriched visitors' experience as it guided them through exhibition paths thanks to the geolocation system, and allowed them to receive additional content on their smartphones. We also brought LiFi to several Italian schools, providing students with a fast, safe, and sustainable connection.  ASL Napoli 2 Nord, based in Pozzuoli, Ischia, and Procida, was the first Italian hospital to implement LiFi to enhance services for visitors, patients, and healthcare staff.

 

 

You can learn more about our projects and potential LiFi applications on our website: https://tobe-srl.it/en/


News

Li-Fi at the SMAU fair in Berlin

To Be played an important role at the SMAU event  in Berlin, which took place April 27-29. This event further contributed to strengthening the ties between Italian startups and the German world of innovation.

More than often, the words “startup” and “Italy” do not go hand in hand. However, the SMAU event has started to change things. 40 startups were selected to participate in “SMAU | Italy RestartsUp in Berlin”, among which To Be. This event showed us that innovation can take place in our territory.

By competing in the Energy and Environment, category, To Be had the opportunity to meet German investors and talk about current and future projects.

Among the many unforgettable moments, we will remember the debate with other startups that took place at the Italian Embassy of Berlin, in front of important investors and government agencies. During this panel, we were honored to be mentioned by Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Officer of Enel Group.

The German innovation system proved to be one of the most advanced worldwide, especially in matching innovative startups with investors. The German system is a role model to follow.

We sincerely thank SMAU and ICE, which is an agency that works on promoting and internationalizing Italian companies, for following us in this experience that allowed To Be to build meaningful networks and create new opportunities.

 

All of this was possible thanks to the project " To Be International” which was supported by the Lazio Region and Lazio Innova, and was co-funded by the European Union with the Contest POR/FESR 2014-2020 and a contribution of 48.519 euros.

We are looking forward to attending the next SMAU event that will take place on October 12 and 13 2022 in Milan.

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LiFi Museo Barracco

Sustainable Innovation Meets the Barracco Museum!

Starting from January 6th, ancient art will meet sustainable innovation with the new LiFi project: a new way to experience art, a visit guided by light.

Innovazione Li-Fi Barracco

The Li-Fi project, which was promoted by Roma culture, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, will bring Li-Fi to Museums: sustainable innovation will land at the Barracco Museum in Rome, with a cutting-edge visitor experience thanks to wireless technology. This project was implemented and presented by To Be Srl, DB Ingegneria dellimmagine Srl and Tecno Electric Srl and with the support of the European Union.

The project was one of the 43 winners out of a total of 126 participants of the Contest POR FESR 2014-2020 “L’Impresa fa Cultura”. This contest was promoted by Regione Lazio to enhance our cultural heritage through innovation.

Conferenza

The Barracco Museum is one of the first museums worldwide to implement LiFi, which stands for Light Fidelity. It is an innovative and advanced communication system that allows wireless data transmission thanks to LED light sources. This data is received by visitors through their mobile devices with a camera. To enjoy the additional content related to the art exhibition, visitors will simply download the specific app and will position their device under the LED light source.

"We founded To Be because we had a dream and a vision: to imagine a world where every light source can transmit data. This is our idea for LiFi Revolution. LiFi is a technology that allows data transmission in a fast, sustainable, and safe manner. During these first years at To Be, we implemented several projects in so many different fields thanks to the unique features and flexibility of this cutting-edge technology.”

                                                                    Francesco Paolo Russo, CEO & Founder of To Be

 

Introducing the Project

The project was presented on January 5th, 2022, on the occasion of the press release that took place at the Barracco Museum, and that was moderated by Mr. Gianni Todini, Askanews director. After the greetings by Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Superintendent of Cultural Heritage, several speakers intervened: Roberto Pollari, Head of the Cabinet of the Regional Council President Regione Lazio; Francesco Paolo Russo, Founder and CEO of To Be srl; Giancarlo Brasini, Project Manager DB Ingegneria dell’Immagine; Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, President of Fondazione Univerde; Gabriele Ferreri,President of ANGI- National Association of Young Innovators.

Ecodigital

 

The implementation of the project involved 14 selected points of interest. 9 of these are located in the rooms of the ground floor and the first floor, while the other 5 points are located in the ancient Roman House, its first structures dating back to the IV century A.D. The Roman House is located in the museum's undergrounds, which will be reopened to the public on the occasion of this project, after being closed for more than 20 years. The accidental discovery of the ruins in the undergrounds can be traced back to 1899. They were brought to the surface during the demolition of the Renaissance buildings to implement a new road axis in Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

In addition, the Domus, which has been closed to the public since 2000, will be extraordinarily opened every day (only closed on Monday) until January 9th, and, following, it will be open until the end of February on the weekend, from Friday to Sunday. The temporary reopening of the Domus, related to the LiFi project, represents the first step towards a complex and important journey to enhance the exhibition that will be developed in the next months.

This technology will be experimented with at the Barracco Museum until February 20th, 2022, with the possibility of being extended.

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To Be-LiFi-Castel del Monte

Castel Del Monte Chooses LiFi!

The potential applications of LiFi within museums allow the creation of an innovative communication system, providing visitors with a unique and innovative experience. Through LiFi G installations, To Be offers several proximity services that contribute to the promotion of museum exhibitions and our cultural heritage in general.

Castel Del Monte decided to initiate a digitalization process to enrich its visiting experience by creating ties between the digital and the physical. The initiative falls within the Piazza Wi-Fi Italia agreement protocol, signed by the Minister of Economic Development, the Region of Puglia, Alta Murgia National Park, and Infratel Italia. This agreement protocol aims at building solid networks among municipalities, public institutions, big companies, and private organizations handling public outdoor spaces; and at implementing new free Wi-Fi zones through proximity access point installation in cultural points of interest.

The project of innovating the site of Castel Del Monte, one of the most important Italian museums, saw To Be working on the implementation of several LiFi Zones, that, through a specific app, guarantee access to countless multi-media contents.


Contatti

To Be International: The Li-Fi Light in Europe

 

The Light of innovation is looking at the European Market

The Lazio Region announced the contest Bando POR/FESR 2014-2020Incentives for acquiring support services related to internationalization processes of PMIs”, with the objective of supporting entrepreneurial realities in the development of internationalization processes, in entering MPIMI foreign markets and consolidating their presence.

As beneficiaries of the contest, we are proud to announce our efforts in entering European markets, particularly the Portuguese and Dutch ones.

More specifically, the “To Be International” project had an estimated value of 95 thousand euros and saw a contribution of 48.519 thousand euros from the European Union. The project involves trademark registration, our participation in five international events, a series of promotional marketing and communication activities, and the implementation of tailored consultancy and support activities from the Temporary Export Manager.

Thanks to this opportunity, we aim at taking the lead in the development of LiFi solutions in several market segments, such as the Cultural Asset, Retail, and School sectors. This would happen through collaboration with local partners. In particular, we would like to do the following:

  • Emphasize and bring to the surface the unique potential and characteristics of LiFi, especially to the eye of eventual foreign users (for example working in retail, transportation, and cultural institutions).
  • Develop solutions that will align with market needs.
  • Promote companies' ability to work with advanced solutions in sectors characterized by rapid growth and a strong technological presence.
  • Strategically position our company in the market taking into account technological developments that will launch the LiFi technology and its exponential growth in the market.

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Ambassadors of Innovation

Ambassadors of Innovation 2020

The award “Ambassadors of Innovation” is given to praiseworthy organizations that, with their daily efforts, demonstrate to be real ambassadors of the Italian innovation system. This prize aligns with corporate social responsibility.

Premio Innovazione Ambasciatori 2020 To Be LiFi

We are honored to have received such an important award from Ambassador Day, an event born in 2019 with the purpose of recognizing all those companies, associations, and professionals that stand out for their work, becoming ambassadors of Made in Italy worldwide.

We are happy to share this award with all of you, which, since To Be's very first steps, have showed us much interest and support.

 

Get ready because there will be big news in the next few months!


scuole e LiFi

LiFi: Safety and Sustainability in Schools

Light sources become potential data transmitters. Schools improve with easy-to-use and inclusive additional services. Students gain new academic tools.

LiFi is a sustainable technology able to eliminate risks linked to electromagnetic pollution and drastically reduce energy consumption related to the telecommunication and lighting engineering industries, incentivizing the use of cutting-edge LED lamps and eliminating radio wave-related energy consumption. LiFi can also be implemented in schools!

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Our objective is to experiment with new, high-speed, low, or zero radio-wave-emission technologies.

Li-Fi (Light Fidelity), which allows data transmission through LED light, offers a fast, more stable connection, free from interferences and band saturation issues. In addition, light can be enclosed within a specific area, thus the risk for external hacker attacks is drastically reduced. Differently from Wi-Fi technologies, Li-Fi does not emit radio waves, avoiding interference risks with other devices.

Our team is developing and offering several solutions to the market, among which there is LiFi S (Streaming), a bidirectional connection system allowing the connection of one or more computers to the network, working thanks to lighting bodies equipped with Li-Fi technology and USB keys able to receive and transmit the signal.

LiFi S represents a concrete answer to the need of reducing indoor exposure to high-frequency electromagnetic fields as much as possible More in general, LiFi S also aims at improving the energetic efficiency in school, guaranteeing students an unprecedented connection, which is safe, secure, and sustainable.

 

Thanks to our dialogue with several schools, our LiFi Zones will offer a LiFi connection within scholastic buildings.

The first LiFi projects in school will most likely be launched in the Region of Marche, which is the first Italian public administration to allow municipalities to be equipped with this modern, innovative, and green technology for data transmission.

With great enthusiasm, we also learned about mayor Virginia Raggi’s willingness to transform Rome into a smart city, bringing Li-Fi into schools.

We are ready to spread the light of innovation!