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How Green is Visible Light Communications?

To address VLC’s green credentials I first consider what makes it green.  Here are my top 3 reasons: VLC helps stimulate the demand for LED lighting and LED bulbs and fixtures are now highly efficient.  If we were all to … Continue reading

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VLC TED video now available

You can view the video of Harald Haas presenting VLC live on stage now.  This was presented at TED Global 2011 on 15th July.

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VLC for location, positioning and navigation

Visible Light Communications has been considered as a communications technology but you will note from my blog post on 18th March that one of my top 10 VLC applications is Location Based Services.  This is a topic close to my … Continue reading

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VLC is a hit at TED!

Professor Harald Haas received a standing ovation at TED Global 2011. He successfully demonstrated visible light communication in action by using an LED light bulb in an anglepoise lamp.  This transmitted HD video which was displayed on a large screen … Continue reading

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World Health Organization announcement; a driver for VLC?

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, in a press release on 31st May 2011, officially classified “radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans”.  The question in my mind is; will this help encourage the adoption … Continue reading

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Visible Light Communications opportunity equals 10,000!

The answer to life, the universe and everything might be 42, but I will use some “pseudo mathematics” in this post to show that the VLC opportunity equates to 10,000! Here we go, There are approximately 1.4 million cellular base … Continue reading

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Google’s Android @Home developers and smart lighting.

Google’s developers could soon create smart lighting applications using the Android @Home platform. The recent Google I/O’11 conference in San Francisco had some interesting announcements around home automation based on the launch of Android @ Home open source hardware and … Continue reading

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VLC Conferences, Workshops and Journals

The international research community increasingly recognizes visible light communications (VLC). While five years ago we struggled to find a suitable session at a major IEEE communications conference to which we could submit our work on VLC, there are now increasingly … Continue reading

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TED puts Visible Light Communications in the spotlight

For those unfamiliar with TED, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design although it has evolved to become much more than this.  The strap line is “Ideas Worth Spreading” and it is about just that; inspirational speakers spreading the word … Continue reading

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Could Europe’s call to ban WiFi in schools be a boost for VLC?

The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, is calling for a ban on mobile phones and WiFi in schools after examining evidence that wireless technologies had ‘potentially harmful’ effects on humans.  A major study found that the electromagnetic radiation generated … Continue reading

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