pureLiFi secures multi-million dollar deal with the US Army
Edinburgh tech company pureLiFi has secured a multi-million military deal ($4.2m), that will see the order of thousands of Kitefin™ units delivered to the United States Army Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF) to be used in tactical and strategic environments.
Kitefin™ is a next-generation optical wireless communication system using LiFi for secure data transmission without radio frequencies. It will enable wireless communications with greater security compared to conventional technologies such as cellular, wifi, and Bluetooth.
The use of Radio Frequencies (RF) in secure environments can cause challenges, for example, RF can be detected and targeted. Using Kitefin™ can eliminate this risk as it cannot be detected outside of its defined cone of coverage. The Kitefin™ system also allows for rapid setup and positive logistical impact saving time, money, and even lives on each deployment.
An initial pilot of pureLiFi’s technology with the USAREUR-AF took place in 2019 and the new deal comes on the back of pureLiFi’s recent £18 million series B investment to take LiFi mainstream.
“Including optical wireless in the commander’s toolbox is imperative to the survival of communications, command and control systems and, more importantly, Soldiers. Leadership within the Department of Defense is at a major transitional crossroads for communications and mission command systems and must make a critical decision."
The Li-Fi market
Li-Fi technology is poised to impact many industries, for example during the COVID-19 pandemic Nav Wireless Technology Pvt Ltd adopted LiFi technology to transmit crucial patient data, such as ventilator reading and temperatures, using a wireless data transfer through LED lights.
The technology can unlock the potential of IoT, driving Industry 4.0 applications, and lead to the upcoming light-as-a-service (LaaS) in the lighting industry. The CAGR of wireless traffic has been 60% during the last decade. This growth is expected to sustain for the next 10 to 15 years. Currently, North America holds the highest share in 2020 and the Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.
The Online Safety Bill: What is it and what does it mean?
New internet laws will be published today in the UK in the draft Online Safety Bill to protect children online and tackle some of the worst abuse on social media, including racist hate crimes.
The draft legislation, which was previously known as the Online Harms Bill, has been two years in the making. Some new additions to the bill include provisions to tackle online scams, such as romance fraud and fake investment opportunities.
What does it include?
The draft Bill includes changes to put an end to harmful practices and brings in a new era of accountability and protections for democratic debate, including:
New additions to strengthen people’s rights to express themselves freely online, while protecting journalism and democratic political debate in the UK.
Further provisions to tackle prolific online scams such as romance fraud, which have seen people manipulated into sending money to fake identities on dating apps.
Social media sites, websites, apps and other services hosting user-generated content or allowing people to talk to others online must remove and limit the spread of illegal and harmful content such as child sexual abuse, terrorist material and suicide content.
Ofcom will be given the power to fine companies failing in a new duty of care up to £18 million or ten per cent of annual global turnover, whichever is higher, and have the power to block access to sites.
A new criminal offence for senior managers has been included as a deferred power. This could be introduced at a later date if tech firms don’t step up their efforts to improve safety.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Today the UK shows global leadership with our groundbreaking laws to usher in a new age of accountability for tech and bring fairness and accountability to the online world.
“We will protect children on the internet, crack down on racist abuse on social media, and through new measures to safeguard our liberties, create a truly democratic digital age.
The draft Bill will be scrutinised by a joint committee of MPs before a final version is formally introduced to Parliament.