ELIoT: New Features in LiFi for Next-Generation IoT

J.P. Linnartz, Carina Ribeiro Barbio Correa, Thiago Bitencourt Cunha, Eduward Tangdiongga, A.M.J. Koonen, Xiong Deng, M. Wendt, Anteneh Abbo, Pieter J. Stobbelaar, Marcel Müller, Daniel Behnke, Marcos Vazquez, Santi Vicent Colonques, Martijn Bech, Taner Metin, Marc Emmelmann, Sepideh Mohammadi Kouhini, Kai Lennert Bober, Christoph Kottke, V. Jungnickel

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The Internet of Things currently is predominantly narrowband and cannot always guarantee high reliability and low latency. Future IoT applications such as flexible manufacturing, augmented reality and self-driving vehicles need sophisticated real-time processing units in the cloud to which mobile IoT devices are connected. These high-capacity links meet the requirements of the upcoming 6G systems and cannot be facilitated by the current mobile communication infrastructure. Light communication, which is also denoted as LiFi, offers huge amounts of spectrum, extra security and interference-free transmission. We present the current state-of-the-art of LiFi systems and introduce new features needed for future IoT applications. We propose a distributed Multiple-Input Multiple-Output topology with a fronthaul using plastic optical fiber. Such a system offers seamless mobility between the light access points and also to 5G, besides low latency and integrated positioning. Future LiFi development, implementation and efforts towards standardization are addressed in the EU ELIoT project which is presented here.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 Joint European Conference on Networks and Communications and 6G Summit, EuCNC/6G Summit 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-1526-2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2021
Event2021 European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC & 6G Summit - Virtual, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 8 Jun 202111 Jun 2021


Conference2021 European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC & 6G Summit
Abbreviated titleEuCNC 2021
Internet address


FundersFunder number
H2020 Innovation Action
European Union 's Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme764461, 825651
European Commission


    • Future IoT
    • IEEE 802.11bb
    • ITU-TG.vlc
    • LiFi
    • Light Communication
    • Optical Wireless Communication


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