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Getac reveals first rugged devices featuring fully embedded LiFi

Posted 5 September 2023

Getac today announced that it has successfully embedded LiFi technology into its rugged devices as part of a new innovation project with Signify.

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Getac has been at the forefront of LiFi innovation for a number of years, having previously been the first manufacturer to engineer rugged devices with integrated LiFi via the use of external dongles. Now, the company has taken this a step further by fully embedding the technology into its devices, achieving another industry-first in the process.

The proof of concept solution will be showcased by Getac at DSEI 2023, taking place next week from 12th-15th September at ExCel London, UK.

Getac is working closely with Signify’s Trulifi technology on the project, with the aim of bringing LiFi technology to its customers. Further announcements detailing the devices themselves and their commercial availability will be made in the future.

Both Signify and Getac are part of the Light Communication Alliance (LCA), a community of experienced industry figures, researchers and innovators who believe in the power of Optical Wireless Communication to transform the way organisations connect and communicate.

The LCA understands that advancing light communication requires a collaborative ecosystem approach, with members working closely together to research, develop and deploy viable LiFi technology.

LiFi (Light Fidelity) technology uses light to transmit data rather than radio frequency, which is the case with traditional technologies such as WiFi, LTE, 4G, 5G etc. This innovative approach has multiple benefits over RF-based technologies, including extremely low latency, improved privacy and security, and superior connection quality, especially in RF-denied environments.

Combining these benefits with the reliability of Getac’s rugged solutions unlocks a wide range of powerful new applications across sectors where professionals work in challenging conditions every day. For example, LiFi’s minimal cabling requirements enables defence professionals to install highly secure field communications networks in a matter of minutes. LiFi can be especially beneficial in RF-constrained or RF-denied environments, aiding digital transformation in industries such as industrial manufacturing, where there can be concerns over RF-based equipment interfering with safety-critical operations.  
“Getac has long recognised the potential of LiFi technology to fundamentally change the way many organisations work and communicate” said Amanda Ward, EMEA Senior Director, Technology & Services at Getac. “Through our partnership with Signify, we’re fully committed to designing and manufacturing and embedding innovative rugged LiFi solutions that will enable our customers to turn this potential into a reality.”

“Some of LiFi’s most game-changing applications and use cases are in sectors where highly challenging work conditions make rugged solutions an essential part of the technology equation,” said Mark Gunther, Global Segment Leader LiFi Systems at Signify. “As a global leader in rugged computing and fellow LCA member, Getac is the ideal partner to help us unlock the power of light for brighter lives and a better world.”



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