Industrial

Signify deal will bring Li-fi to industrial applications

A harbour with large cranes at dusk
Signify has teamed up with EDZOM, an operator of private networks in ports, airports, mines and factories, to deploy Li-fi technology, which uses light rather than radio waves to wirelessly transmit internet data.Credit: EDZOM

SIGNIFY has agreed a deal with a Scandinavian company that is set to bring Li-fi to industrial applications. 

It has teamed up with EDZOM, an operator of private networks in ports, airports, mines and factories, to deploy the technology, which uses light rather than radio waves to wirelessly transmit internet data.

The partnership will apply to Signify’s Li-fi brand Trulifi in the manufacturing industries. 

EDZOM sells ‘edge connectivity’ which connects assets, equipment and people in the field. 

It’s a tailor-made private network solution with a dedicated spectrum, ensuring that the reliability and continuity of the connection and network management are in the hands of the user, unlike in the case of public networks. 

Together, Signify and EDZCOM say they will accelerate the adoption of reliable, secure and high-speed network connectivity in the most challenging environments. 

EDZCOM operates in the manufacturing, mining and oil and gas industries, logistics hubs and the energy generation sector. 

Trulifi uses infra-red and visible light waves as the channels for secure two-way wireless communication at speeds above most conventional wireless technologies. 

Trulifi offers immunity to interference, unlike conventional radio technologies such as WiFi and 4G/5G, a major consideration in hostile and difficult enviroments.

Signify says brings to the table commercially-available products which has already been used in more than 150 projects worldwide.

By contrast, EDZCOM brings technological knowledge and commercial experience in designing and operating private wireless solutions and has 27 live industrial implementations of its connectivity solutions in the Nordics. 

‘Signify’s Trulifi is an innovative form of wireless communication that will broaden the scope of business-critical operations solutions we offer to our global customer base. Trulifi complements Edzcom’s offering by providing fast and secure fixed hot spot communication links,’ said Mikko Uusitalo, CEO of EDZCOM. 

‘Combining Trulifi and EDZCOM’s strengths and capabilities will benefit industries that heavily rely on the cluttered radio spectrum for data communications. Trulifi can help to offload conventional radio technologies and offers reliable, secure and high-speed network connectivity where it’s needed,’ said Olivia Qiu, chief innovation officer for Signify.