San Diego-Based LiFi Innovator Firefly Wireless Networks Receives Visit from the Mayor of Dresden, Germany to discuss “Internet of Things” (IoT) and LiFi Development
Mayor Dirk Hilbert and the Office of Economic Development discussed continued synergy on technology development, leveraging both San Diego’s and Dresden’s technology contributions in the communications R&D space.
San Diego, CA and Dresden, Germany – November 20, 2017: Firefly Wireless Networks, a manufacturer of Visible Light Communications (VLC) LiFi products, announced that the company received a visit from Dresden, Germany Mayor Dirk Hilbert and Dr. Robert Franke, Director of Economic Development. Firefly management met with the Dresden officials at its San Diego headquarters and discussed Firefly’s continued success utilizing both U.S. engineers and the German-based engineering team of Firefly venture partner Teleconnect GmbH of Dresden which is led by Dr. Andreas Bluschke, who also serves as Firefly’s Chief Technology Officer.
“We are honored and delighted that Dresden Mayor Dirk Hilbert and Dr. Robert Franke took the time to visit Firefly and discuss ongoing cooperation on growing Firefly’s business by utilizing resources and talent on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of Firefly Wireless Networks. “During our meeting, we demonstrated our latest SecureLink 2.0 LiFi solution that uses ceiling-mounted access points which transmit to tabletop units using light instead of radio frequency WiFi transmission, which is prone to eavesdropping, interference, and RF congestion. This creates a much more secure wireless network ideal for corporate and government conference rooms, as well as for applications in which data transmission speed and unsurpassed signal security are essential.”
Firefly also recently demonstrated its Gigabit capacity LiFi system—which is the world’s fastest commercially available LiFi solution—at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin.
“Firefly Wireless Networks, which has emerged as a leading manufacturer of Visible Light Communications and LiFi solutions, is an excellent example of cross-Atlantic cooperation between American firms and companies in Germany”, said Dresden Mayor Dirk Hilbert. “International technology companies have invested EUR 4.5 billion in the high-tech hub Dresden and we are excited to play a role in one of the hottest technology trends emerging today—LiFi communications—which utilize light to transmit data rather than WiFi.”
About Firefly Wireless Networks
Firefly Wireless Networks™ LLC is a manufacturer of Visible Light Communications (VLC), also known as LiFi. Firefly is owned by LightPointe, Teleconnect, and a multibillion-dollar VC firm in Silicon Valley.
Firefly Wireless Networks Demonstrates the World’s Fastest Commercially Available LiFi Wireless Network Solution at the Broadband World Forum
Firefly’s Visible Light Communications LiFi units provide more than 10 times faster network connection than its nearest competitor.
Berlin, Germany – October 24, 2017: Firefly Wireless Networks, a manufacturer of Visible Light Communications (VLC) LiFi products, announced that a live demonstration of its SecureLink LiFi solution is being demonstrated by its venture partner Teleconnect at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin, Germany. SecureLink ceiling-mounted access points transmit to tabletop units using light instead of radio frequency WiFi transmission, which is prone to eavesdropping, interference, and RF congestion. This creates a much more secure wireless network ideal for corporate and government conference rooms, as well as for applications in which data transmission speed and unsurpassed signal security are critical. Teleconnect’s booth is C110A in Hall 22 at the forum.
“LiFi is the hottest technology trend in wireless communications, and our SecureLink is the fastest, most secure Visible Light Communications system on the market,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of Firefly. “Our SecureLink products are an order of magnitude faster than our nearest competitor’s LiFi product. We’ve tested our system at data rates exceeding 1 Gbps, which is simply in another league compared to the maximum of roughly 40 Mbps or even below advertised by the competition. In addition, SecureLink is far more secure than competing LiFi systems because it does not use the traditional RF 802.11 WiFi protocol in its design. The result is we entirely avoid the 802.11 WiFi cybersecurity issues which have recently made WiFi so vulnerable that people have been instructed not to access WiFi in some environments. In addition, the compact and portable LiFi transceivers can be equipped with an Ethernet/PoE as well as USB-C interface. Consequently, they can be placed in a broader range of applications and locations than competing solutions which utilize a less flexible dongle or fob design—which is constrained by direct connection to a laptop’s USB port and the user’s placement of the laptop. For enterprise and government wireless network applications requiring Gigabit capacity, extreme data security over an encrypted light transmission, and flexible deployment in both human and machine to machine network scenarios, Firefly is the clear choice in LiFi connectivity.”
About Firefly Wireless Networks
Firefly Wireless Networks™ LLC is a manufacturer of Visible Light Communications (VLC), also known as LiFi.
Firefly Wireless Networks demonstriert weltweit schnellste und kommerziell verfügbare LiFi-Netzwerklösung auf dem Broadband World Forum
Visible Light Communications basierende LiFi-Lösung von Firefly bietet mehr als 10-mal schnellere Netzwerkverbindung als Wettbewerber.
Berlin, 24. Oktober 2017: Firefly Wireless Networks, ein Hersteller von LiFi-Produkten basierend auf Visible Light Communications (VLC), zeigt eine Live-Demonstration der SecureLink LiFi-Lösung auf dem Broadband World Forum in Berlin auf dem Stand C110A in Halle 22 des deutschen Venture-Partners Teleconnect GmbH. Ein SecureLink Access Point überträgt Daten an ein oder mehrere Tischgeräte gleichzeitig, wobei statt WiFi-Funkfrequenzen, die zum Abhören, Interferenzen und RF-Überlastung neigen, sichtbares Licht oder Infrarotstrahlung verwendet wird. Dies schafft ein wesentlich sicheres drahtloses Netzwerk, ideal für Konferenzräume in Unternehmen, Behörden sowie für Anwendungen, bei denen Bitraten und unübertroffene Abhörsicherheit kritisch sind.
"LiFi ist einer der heißesten Technologietrends in der drahtlosen Kommunikation und unser SecureLink ist das schnellste und sicherste kommerziell verfügbare Visible Light-Kommunikationssystem auf dem Markt", sagte Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO von Firefly. "Unsere SecureLink-Produkte sind eine Größenordnung schneller als das LiFi-Produkt unseres nächsten Mitbewerbers. Wir haben unser System bei Bitraten von mehr als 1 Gbit/s getestet, was einfach in einer anderen Liga liegt im Vergleich zu Bitraten von Konkurrenzanbietern, die Höchstwerte von etwa 40 Mbit/s publizieren. Darüber hinaus ist das SecureLink-System weitaus sicherer als konkurrierende LiFi-Systeme, deren Design auf dem herkömmlichen RF 802.11 WiFi-Protokoll beruht. Dadurch vermeidet das SecureLink-System vollständig die 802.11 WiFi-Cybersicherheitsprobleme, die vor kurzem WiFi so anfällig gemacht haben, dass Nutzer von WiFi-Systemen bei sicherheitskritischen Anwendungen angewiesen wurden, nicht mehr auf WiFi zuzugreifen. Da die kompakten und Plug-and-Play LiFi-Transceiver sowohl über eine Ethernet- als auch eine USB-C Schnittstelle verfügen, können sie in einer wesentlich breiteren Palette von Anwendungen und Standorten platziert werden als konkurrierende Lösungen, bei denen ein weniger flexibles USB-Dongle- oder Fob-Design verwendet wird. Für Anwendungen in Unternehmen und Regierungsbehörden, die Gigabit-Kapazität, extreme Datensicherheit über eine verschlüsselte Lichtübertragung und einen flexiblen Einsatz sowohl in Mensch- als auch Maschine-zu-Netzwerk-Szenarien benötigen, ist Firefly die klare Wahl in der LiFi-Konnektivität.“
Über Firefly Wireless Networks
Firefly Wireless Networks ™ LLC ist ein Hersteller von Visible Light Communications (VLC), auch als LiFi bekannt. Firefly gehört LightPointe, Teleconnect GmbH und einer Multibillion-Dollar-VC-Firma im Silicon Valley.
Firefly Wireless Networks Announces its 2nd Gen Visible Light Communications LiFi Products, with Data Rates up to 1.8 Gbps, at Hannover Messe Tradeshow
LiFi products provide higher security than WiFi for wireless LAN connectivity, industrial applications, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Hannover, Germany & San Diego CA – April 26, 2017: Firefly Wireless Networks, a leading manufacturer of Visible Light Communications (VLC) and LiFi products, announced that it is demonstrating its LiFi products at the Hannover Messe technology tradeshow this week. Firefly is displaying its second generation SecureLink LiFi access points and client units, which are the fastest and most advanced Visible Light Communications products available in the industry at up to 1.8 Gbps. LiFi utilizes light to transmit data more securely and faster than traditional WiFi radio frequency solutions, while also avoiding RF interference and congestion issues associated with WiFi. Protecting the sensitive information and network access of an organization has never been more important, with cyber security breaches and information theft being reported almost daily. The most vulnerable aspect of a network is its wireless transmissions.
“We are excited to unveil our 2nd generation SecureLink system at the Hannover Messe tradeshow,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of Firefly Wireless Networks. “Visible Light Communications solutions are the hottest new data communications technology due to a myriad of advantages resulting from the use of light spectrum over radio frequency spectrum. Traditional WiFi systems are prone to eavesdropping within and outside an organization’s building. It is also susceptible to radio frequency interference and congestion, as RF spectrum use has become crowded and has created bottlenecks within networks. Firefly Wireless Networks has solved these challenges with the world’s highest performance VLC solutions, offering the fastest data rates in the industry at up to 1.8 Gigabits per second, which far exceeds all WiFi technologies. And, compared to competing solutions, SecureLink is small, aesthetically attractive, and easy to install.”
Firefly is also developing partner relationships in other industry sectors such as building technology providers, factory automation (Industry 4.0 and cyber-physical systems), consumer electronics, the Internet of Things, in-flight aircraft communications systems, military and underwater solutions, and transportation related applications such as train stations and automobile communications, which the company holds key patents on.
About Firefly Wireless Networks
Firefly Wireless Networks LLC is a venture capital backed manufacturer of Visible Light Communications (VLC), also known as LiFi, and Infrared Light Communications (ILC) products.
New Company, Firefly Wireless Networks, is Launched to Target Multi-Billion Dollar Visible Light Communications and LiFi Market, Backed by Berg and Berg Enterprises, LightPointe, and Teleconnect
Firefly emerges from two years of “stealth mode,” with patents and first products.
San Diego CA – June 28, 2016: A new company, Firefly Wireless Networks LCC, announced that it has launched after two years in “stealth mode” and is targeting the emerging hot technology area known as Visible Light Communications and LiFi, or Light Fidelity. The company is owned by LightPointe Communications, the number one manufacturer of long range hybrid outdoor wireless backhaul solutions, Berg and Berg Enterprises, a multi-billion dollar venture capital firm, and Teleconnect GmbH, a telecommunications engineering company. Firefly Wireless Networks’ engineers have already received patents in the Visible Light Communications (VLC) sector, and have developed initial products for highly secure data communications utilizing light, rather than WiFi and other radio frequency transmission technologies. VLC and LiFi technologies have recently gained attention as an alternative to WiFi and such RF communications methods, since WiFi and RF spectrum have become congested and are prone to interference and reliability issues. In addition, by using light spectrum—which is up to 10,000 times more plentiful than radio frequency spectrum— communications are virtually impossible to intercept, thus avoiding cyber security and eavesdropping threats. This makes VLC ideal for sensitive government and commercial networks, as well as mass market implementations in which low cost connectivity is required between devices.
“After operating discreetly in stealth mode for two years, we are excited to finally announce Firefly Wireless Networks,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, who is serving as CEO of Firefly, and also continues to serve as CEO of LightPointe. “Firefly was created to focus on what is one of the hottest technology growth sectors on the horizon, Visible Light Communications, which due to the proliferation of LED lighting and LED use in commercial and residential devices, is expected to be a multi-billion dollar industry in the coming years. VLC technologies are one of the communication methods which the so-called Internet of Things will use to connect millions of consumer electronics and Machine to Machine (M2M) devices cost effectively, and without the use of scarce radio frequency spectrum.”
Firefly Wireless Networks has launched its website, www.FireflyWirelessNetworks.com, or www.VLC.Solutions, which describes many applications for Visible Light Communications and LiFi technologies.
Applications for VLC and LiFi include:
“Our first product emerged from research and development a few months ago, has completed thorough testing, and is awaiting FCC approval,” said Andreas Bluschke, chief technology officer of Firefly Wireless Networks, who also serves as managing director of Teleconnect. “The Office SecureLink™ is a highly secure indoor Ethernet communication bridge for point to point, and point to multi-point connectivity, using red, green, blue, or invisible infrared light. The access point and client, or subscriber units, can be installed in conference rooms, offices, and other indoor environments where the utmost in security is desired while avoiding WiFi congestion and signal security issues.”
According to some research reports, the market for Visible Light Communications could reach over US$100 billion by 2024, as the Internet connects millions of devices around the world autonomously and seamlessly.
About Firefly Wireless Networks, LCC
Firefly Wireless Networks™ LLC is a manufacturer of Visible Light Communications (VLC), also known as LiFi, and Infrared Light Communications (ILC) products. VLC and ILC wireless bridges utilize light to transmit data, avoiding radio frequency spectrum congestion, RF interference, and the eavesdropping and cyber security issues associated with WiFi.