JOURNALISTS covering the football action at Hamburg football club HSV Fußball AG are set to become the first in the world to file their stories using li-fi.
This is because Signify’s Trulifi system has just been installed in the press centre at the Volkspark stadium.
The system provides journalists with a secure and fast Internet connection through the room’s LED ceiling lights.
HSV is believed to be the the first football club in the world to install the groundbreaking lighting technology which uses light waves instead of radio waves to provide an Internet connection.
The Volkspark stadium, which opened in 2000, has a capacity of 57,000 and is one of 10 stadiums that will host the European football tournament in Germany in 2024.
It is also certified to host other top international tournament matches. Like many stadiums, the wireless signal in its busy press centre was prone to overload due to journalists accessing the network and interference from mobile devices of fans, staff and officials, all pinging the wireless router.
Signify installed 84 Philips PowerBalance gen2 LED recessed luminaires in the stadium’s press centre.
Eight of the luminaires have an integrated Trulifi 6002 transceiver, which modulates infrared light waves to provide an Internet connection of up to 150 megabits per second (Mbps).
Journalists using the system receive a USB Access Key, which plugs into their laptop. This picks up the li-fi signal and transmits data back to the luminaire. The li-fi system is free from interference and encrypted. Also, an extra layer of security is built-in as light waves cannot pass through walls.
‘We opted for li-fi given the increasing demand for bandwidth from journalists using our press centre. For them a reliable wireless connection is everything. Now they have good quality light to write their stories along with a reliable, fast and highly secure wireless connection,’ said Daniel Nolte, segment leader area organisation and infrastructure at HSV.
Signify has a range of commercial Trulifi systems to satisfy different market segments. It also includes Trulifi 6013, which uses coloured light to create a robust, secure fixed point-to-point connection with a speed up to 250 Mbps.
- Learn more about li-fi at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition, taking place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2018 at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.