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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The evolution of LiFi

Li-Fi, which stands for Light Fidelity, is a wireless communication technology that uses light signals instead of radio waves to transmit data. It offers higher data transfer rates and greater security than traditional Wi-Fi.

Introduced as a term in 2011 by Harald Haas, at the time, the Li-Fi market was still in its early stages, with several companies and research institutes beginning to actively explore and develop the technology. Over time, research institutes and universities across Europe conducted studies and experiments to investigate the potential applications and benefits of LiFi technology in order to improve the performance, reliability and scalability of solutions.

 

 

It is important to note that the LiFi market is influenced by various factors, including technological advances, regulatory frameworks, infrastructure requirements and market demand. Some industry studies, such as the one by Yole Développement and Piseo, estimate the value of the Li-Fi market to be around $1.1 billion in 2023. Certainly, the market is experiencing significant growth beginning in 2021, with CAGR of 53% between 2021 and 2023. Industry, healthcare, defence, hospitality, retail, education, construction will account for 80% of the projected sales volume in 2023. Technology and volume integration will enable strong cost reductions, which will fuel market growth of $15 billion by 2030, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51% from 2022 to 2030 (Source: https://www.precedenceresearch.com/li-fi-market).

 

Obstacles and growth prospects

Yole and Piseo consider LiFi to be a technology with high potential, but there are two factors that could impede its rapid development in the short and medium term: standardization, on which there have been recent important developments, and the development of products and services incorporating Li-Fi technology.

In this context, as To Be, we have succeeded in becoming a point of reference for the global market, so much so that we represented Italy at the 'LiFi Conference' in Eindhoven, an important meeting between research and industry, which was useful for delving into the LiFi market trends, the dynamics of this ecosystem, the possible applications of this technology in environments ranging from cultural heritage to healthcare, from schools to retail, from the role of research to the role that start-ups are having in reaching the market.

 

 

To Be's case studies

Thanks to synergies with institutions and the corporate world, To Be has been the first to realise numerous projects in sectors such as Cultural Heritage, Health and Education. In fact, we have several very significant references to our credit in these areas, which exploit LiFi technology. Among the most important are the installations in the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Castel del Monte, and the National Archaeological Museum of Altamura, which have enriched the experience of visitors by allowing them to receive information on the various works on display directly on their smartphones and to be guided through the exhibition thanks to LiFi's accurate geolocation system. Again, To Be brought LiFi to several Italian schools to enable students to connect to the network via light in a safe, fast and sustainable manner, while at the ASL Napoli 2 Nord, the Pozzuoli, Ischia and Procida sites are the first Italian hospitals where LiFi has enabled them to improve the services available to patients, visitors, doctors and hospital staff.

 

 

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LiFi and the IEEE 802.11bb standard: the future of connectivity

LiFi is a technology that uses light to transmit data. It’s an emerging technology, but it has the potential to revolutionize the way we connect to the Internet.

These days (July 2023) the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) approved the new IEEE 802.11bb standard for LiFi technology, which offers a number of advantages over traditional wireless networking technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

 

 

To Be Srl and the LiFi Revolution

To Be Srl is a leading LiFi company in Italy and Europe. The company was founded in 2016 by a team of young entrepreneurs and researchers, pursuing a dream and a great vision: a world where every light can transmit and receive data, this is the LiFi Revolution. To Be Srl can now boast 8 years of experience in the sector, several important references and successes achieved, some of which have become world firsts.

The advantages of LiFi

LiFi offers a number of advantages over traditional wireless networking technologies:

  • Speed: LiFi can achieve very high data rates, as the light spectrum is much wider than the radio spectrum.
  • Security: LiFi is much harder to intercept than Wi-Fi.
  • Efficiency: LiFi uses modern low-power LED light to transmit data.

 

 

Possible LiFi’s applications 

Connected light systems, visible and non-visible, are composed of different LiFi modules and devices.

To Be Srl offre una varietà di soluzioni LiFi per diversi scenari applicativi:

To Be Srl offers a variety of LiFi solutions for different application scenarios:

  • Geolocation and Indoor Navigation: through the LiFi Geolocation solution it is possible to provide a navigation service in very large indoor environments (hospitals, museums, airports, shopping centres) that allows to:
    • enable proximity information, such as promotional offers or content of cultural interest;
    • enable real navigation, as if it were a google maps for interiors, with a very accurate localisation accuracy and the possibility of calculating a route to get, for example, from the entrance of a hospital to the clinic a user is looking for;
    • improve the use of any large environment, both public and private, even for disadvantaged categories; it is in fact possible, thanks to this solution, to guide a blind person through voice commands or indicate the best route to follow to a person with disabilities, avoiding the risk of running into architectural barriers.
  • Corporate and institutional Internet: through the LiFi Streaming solution, it’s possible to connect one or more PCs or tablets to the network wirelessly, without the risk of interference or hacker attacks (offices, meeting rooms, schools, healthcare and defence environments)
  • Point-to-point communications: the LiFi Point-to-Point solution allows two points (buildings, objects, machinery) to be connected up to 300 metres apart, with the possibility of creating more extensive multipoint networks (Industry 4.0, museums, defence).

These solutions are applicable and respond effectively to different needs and issues such as real-time data transmission, intelligent infrastructure, security and surveillance, entertainment and proximity marketing.

 

 

Some LiFi Projects 

  • Pompeii Archaeological Park: To Be Srl installed a LiFi system in the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, which allows visitors to have access to multimedia proximity content depending on their location. To date, the LiFi Geolocation solution has also been implemented at Castel del Monte, the MArTA Archaeological Museum in Taranto, the National Archaeological Museum in Altamura, the Cambellotti Museum in Latina, the Barracco Museum in Rome, and the Musei del Sac - Puglia.
  • ASL NA 2 NORD: To Be Srl has implemented a LiFi system in some hospitals of the ASL NA 2 NORD, which enables fast and sustainable web surfing while accessing health services in a safe and comfortable way.
  • Istituto Superiore "Costanza Varano" in Camerino: To Be Srl implemented some LiFi Streaming stations in the school's computer and chemistry laboratories in order to provide fast, secure and RF-free connectivity. To date, the LiFi Streaming solution has been implemented in several schools nationwide: Rome, Camerino, Macerata, Pollenza and San Severino Marche.

The future of LiFi

LiFi is no longer the future, but the present. Its revolutionary potential will change the way we can connect to the Internet. The IEEE 802.11bb standard is an important step in the development of LiFi technology, it will make this technology more accessible and more popular. LiFi represents one of the paradigms of 6G and is in fact a forerunner of it: the sixth generation of connectivity will, in fact, embrace the Thz frequencies of light by developing new networks capable of supporting the ever-increasing demand for data traffic.


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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arte e li-fi

Li-Fi and Art go Hand-in-Hand

How many times did we hear the phrase: “Italy is the homeland of culture”? How many times did we hear experts state that our country must have a more digital-friendly Cultural Heritage sector? Li-Fi might be a good solution.

 

Li-Fi and art can work well together. Li-Fi, a system for data transmission through LED light modulation, will be a great tool to bring innovation to the Cultural Heritage sector.

Lifi Art logo.

 

 

How can the Cultural Heritage Sector Become Innovative through Li-Fi?

Li-Fi Art is the prominent solution for innovating, digitalizing, and enhancing our cultural heritage. The solution was officially presented at the Rome Museum Exhibition 2021 and originated from the “LiFi Zone Beni Culturali” project, which was funded by the “Campania Startup 2020” contest and supported by the plan POR CAMPANIA FESR 2014 – 2020.

Li-Fi Art opened a new dialogue between the physical and the digital, offering the right content at the right moment. The project is designed for its application over the whole Cultural Heritage sector, from museums and archeological parks to permanent exhibitions and cultural events. Starting from the need of this sector to digitalize the tour experience within museums to offer a unique and engaging visiting experience, attracting more young visitors, we developed a Li-Fi solution able to break all traditional visit patterns and offer a new visiting experience. While users walk freely through the exhibition, they will be able to receive all the information related to the workpieces on their mobile phones, without using audio guides or other tools.

 

 

Thus, Li-Fi Art is a solution able to bring multimedia content into museums and make the visit more inclusive and interactive. In addition, it offers additional services such as the creation of specifically designed pathways based on the area of interest, historical period, or the visitor's age. These way-finding services help visitors navigate the exhibition and find points of interest and utility. LiFi art also offers support services to people with disabilities to enhance their visiting experience; this applies to the hearing and visually impaired people as well. In other words, LiFi art makes art more inclusive by breaking accessibility barriers.

Thanks to the elevated geolocation accuracy that makes indoor navigation possible, Li-Fi Art allows for co-marketing and cultural heritage enhancement services, opening doors to network building and active participation.

 

LiFi Zone Taranto

 

Some great examples of museums embracing LiFi and joining this technological revolution are Giovanni Barracco Museum in Rome, Cambelotti Museum in Latina, Pompeii Archeological Park, National Archeological Altamura Museum, Castel Del Monte Museum, and MArTA Museum. In Taranto.

Within these structures, visitors will be able to download the specifically designed app and enjoy a new, unique and engaging visiting experience.

 

What is LiFi? https://tobe-srl.it/en/light-and-data-what-is-li-fi/

Li-Fi and Museums: sustainable innovation lands at Barracco Museum: https://tobe-srl.it/en/li-fi-and-museums-sustainable-innovation-meets-museum-barracco/

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LiFi G

The Physical Meets the Digital with LiFi G

Other than LiFi S and P, To Be also developed another innovative solution: LiFi G, an indoor geolocation system using light LED modulation to define a user’s position with extreme accuracy.

LiFi G

"We dream of a world where every light will be a source of information." This is the vision that pushed us to work on several LiFi solutions. Among these, we developed LiFi Geolocation, a solution allowing users to define users’ location with extreme accuracy, guiding them through a specific pathway and providing them with additional multimedia content of proximity on their mobile phones.

How it Works

LIFi Geolocation works with an on and off commutation of the light frequency. It represents a mono-directional connection, where light lamps transmit a binary code that, through an app that we specifically designed, is received by the smartphone camera of the users to define their position accurately.

This light sequence is not detectable by the human eye, and it allows sustainable data transmission. In fact, there are no radio wave emission thanks to this connection. In addition, energy consumption is significantly reduced thanks to cutting-edge LED lamps.

LiFi G Hotspot

The LiFi G Hotspot solution provides users with an innovative and unique experience: by simply downloading a specific app on their smartphone and positioning it under the light source illuminating the object of interest, the user will be able to enjoy related multimedia content. Thus, every LED lamp will correspond to specific content.

LiFi Indoor Navigation 

The LiFi G Indoor Navigation solution also includes LiFi G Hotspot, and provides users with an immersive geolocation experience, enclosing content of proximity within a specific area. This solution thus allows for indoor navigation services and marketing of proximity even where there is no GPS signal. LiFi G manages to accurately geolocate the user.

 

To learn more about LiFi, visit our website: https://tobe-srl.it/lifi-geolocation/

 

 

 


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.

Se vuoi sapere di più riguardo alla soluzione LiFi P, visita il nostro sito: https://tobe-srl.it/lifi-p/


Demo Day

Magic Spectrum Demo Day: To Be and the LiFi Revolution!

On July 14th, in Milan, CDP Venture Capital and Digital Magics announced the 8 finalists, among 175 startups that applied, that were selected for the first edition of Magic Spectrum, an acceleration program. This program is meant to support startups that work in the 5G and Internet of Things markets. To Be is among the 8 finalists: along with Auting, Cloudvision, Evja, G-move, Logbot, MyMine, e Waterstream, our startup received an initial monetary support of 75.000 euros.

At the Demo Day event, our Chief Financial Officer Danilo Fattorini had the task to present our vision, current and future projects to investors, mentors and companies, both from Italian and international backgrounds.

Our participation to the event, which was launched by Cdp Venture Capital and Digital Magics, allowed us to obtain an initial monetary support of 75.000 euros from extremely important players in the innovation system. In the last few months, we have been focusing on collecting capital from investors wanting to support us.

“5G and IoT are two markets that will be increasingly prominent in the future, thus they will have a strong influence on everyone’s life. With our program, that greatly aligns with our industrial plan, we aim at attracting the best companies working in this field. Thanks to the precious contribute of CDP Venture Capital and our other partners, we also want to help these companies grow and build meaningful networks. The first 8 startups selected proved us that we are going in the right direction and showed us the significance of the ideas and solutions offered by European and Italian talents.”

Ludovico Facchini, Digital Magics’ Partner & Magic Spectrum Program Director

Presenting our vision and LiFi solutions, that aim at accelerating the LiFi Revolution, at the Demo Day event represented the first step of an important journey that will keep us very busy and that we are ready to embark on at the speed of light.

In this process, the founders of To Be were assisted by Federico Bellan LLM, of counsel at Akran Intellectual Property.

To learn more about our fundraising activity, contact us at the email info@tobe-srl.it.

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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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