New ENLIGHT’EM project set to write the next chapter of the LED revolution in the language of ubiquitous networks

IMDEA Networks Institute launched this month in Madrid (Spain) a new Marie Curie European Training Network that marks the birth of a new discipline - Low-energy Visible Light IoT Systems - at the intersection of VLC and networked embedded systems (traditionally the domain of radio communication technologies). ENLIGHT’EM* will recruit and train a new generation of innovators and provide them with the know-how to spearhead the development and real-world implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the immediate and beyond-5G world.

Dr. Domenico Giustiniano, ENLIGHT’EM’s Principal Investigator, explains: “Light Emitting Diodes, commonly known as LEDs, are driving a revolution in lighting systems due to their superior energy efficiency (up to 80% higher than fluorescent or incandescent lights). In this project we are exploring their potential to render networked communication functionalities. What we propose is to bring connectivity to every LED bulb by means of VLC technology. Every LED bulb can be turned into a transceiver, complementing the existing Radio Frequency (RF) infrastructure, making it possible to create truly sustainable and ubiquitous networks where IoT systems can operate.”