Sunpartner Technologies Increases Performance in its LiFi Receiver, Wysips® Connect, to Meet the Needs of its Partner ALCATEL ONETOUCH
Last year at Mobile World Congress 2014, Sunpartner Technologies, the French specialist in innovative solar solutions, unveiled the world’s first photovoltaic LiFi receiver: Wysips® Connect. Today, the company is developing this ground-breaking technology with CEA-Leti, a French public research institute.
To further optimize the receiver’s capacity, a 12-month, international development program will be launched in early 2015 with the one of the fastest smartphone brand, ALCATEL ONETOUCH. This joint venture shows that leaders in research and in business are convinced of Wysips® Connect’s advantages.
Wysips® Connect is currently the only LiFi technology in existence that enables screens and mobile devices (phones, e-readers, sensors, electronic shelf tags, watches, etc.) to charge their batteries and receive data using visible light waves (VLC-Visible Light Communication) without tapping into the device’s battery – meaning the LiFi connection powers itself.
Wysips® Connect: Game-changing Photovoltaic LiFi
Recently, LiFi has captured the attention of the largest smartphone manufacturers such as ALCATEL ONETOUCH. In fact, Sunpartner is the first and only company to date that has succeeded in making a photovoltaic receiver able to receive all types of LiFi signals. This receiver is essential for converting the visible light waves produced by LEDs into electronic signals. This signal is then decoded into an audio, text or video file on connected devices (such as mobile phones, tablets, sensors, electronic shelf tags, and smartwatches). Totally unique, this photovoltaic component is ultra-thin and transparent. It is integrated during manufacturing between the screen and the touchscreen layer of a mobile phone, tablet, or other device.
A Promising International Research Program
The year-long joint research program with ALCATEL ONETOUCH will enable Sunpartner Technologies to offer new video playback features from mobile devices over LiFi.
The first phase will take advantage of the expertise and facilities of CEA-Leti, which specializes in micro- and nano-technologies applied to wireless communication systems and components, in order to characterize the Wysips® Connect component and increase its data transfer speed.
The goal: enable users to stream and watch compressed, high-definition playback of any video over a LiFi connection. This feature is of particular interest for ALCATEL ONETOUCH, who cares about end users’ experience and strives to bring the best technology to the mass market.
With this program, Sunpartner Technologies positions itself at the forefront of creating the LiFi Internet. In 2 to 3 years, LiFi networks will free up companies’ crowded Wi-Fi networks, and LiFi will be introduced in hospitals, sensitive sites like nuclear power plants, aircraft fleets, and shopping centers for a start.