Sunshine Coast sheds new light on LiFi technology

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Mr Shreedharan demonstrating the use of LiFi to Mayor Jamieson

The Sunshine Coast today became the first Asia-Pacific region to put the next phase of wireless internet technology on public display.

Schell LiFi, which uses light to transmit data at higher speeds than WiFi, was officially road-tested at council’s Smart Centre in Bulcock St, Caloundra.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the opportunity to showcase LiFi technology, which was developed by German-based AIPC Group and the Fraunhofer research institute, once again highlighted the Sunshine Coast as a leading region in the use of smart city technology.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for the Sunshine Coast to showcase and demonstrate what we believe is the next wave of wireless technology to the rest of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region as whole,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Today’s demonstration at council’s Smart Centre has given us a closer look at how LiFi compares with WiFi and its potential advantages for homes, businesses, public transport, traffic infrastructure and parking solutions.”

AIPC Group Director-Asia Pacific Sudhir Shreedharan said the Sunshine Coast Smart Centre offered a unique advantage to present the LiFi technology nationally and internationally.

“We have witnessed a strong growth in the infrastructure sector in Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast in particular, which is now a hot bed for Australian start-ups and investors, making the region an attractive destination for a technology infrastructure company like ourselves to present our products and solutions,” he said.

“The Sunshine Coast Council is bold, innovative and passionate about deploying technology solutions for the betterment of its ratepayers.

“Because LiFi uses light, it has a larger bandwidth and hence is faster than WiFi. It is more secure as well. It can also supplement existing WiFi infrastructure without needing additional cables in public or private areas.

“A hypothetical example of how LiFi could be used on the Sunshine Coast would be connecting the ‘Smart Poles’ which are installed in Bulcock Street and the new Maroochydore City Centre, to relay information about traffic accidents and other important information lightning fast.”

Council developed the Smart City Framework in 2015, which, combined with the Smart City Implementation Program, is embedded in council’s Corporate Plan to help drive the new economy and attract new capital investment to the Sunshine Coast.

Council’s Smart Centre was opened in May 2016 as an interactive and knowledge-sharing space where visitors and the community can engage with the Smart City Program, and provide feedback on technology trials and initiatives.

The Mayor talking to media about the potential for the new technology on the Sunshine Coast

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