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Communication & Networks

Ceiling lights with wireless networks to replace Wi-Fi

Together, Osram and Nokia Bell Labs have laid the foundation for 5G-capable wireless networks in ceiling lighting. The technology could do away with the need for classic Wi-Fi in the medium term.

09 May. 2018 Dirk Bongardt
Source: Osram
Source: Osram

For the project , researchers from both companies equipped office and industrial lighting with special broadband wireless modules. As a result, mobile devices such as smartphones or laptops can connect to the lighting network. If this network in turn is connected to the company’s communication access port, a close-knit interior wireless network can be established. According to Osram, the added costs are minimal and even less expensive than Wi-Fi access points and repeaters. Osram and Nokia Bell Labs presented the solution to the public at the Brooklyn 5G Summit .

With this development, the two companies serve two trend markets: Increased networking of machines, devices and everyday objects in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the still young 5G technology that promises to supply these networks with the required bandwidths. With this development, Osram AG, whose core business is primarily lighting systems, joins the ranks of network operators and classic manufacturers of network technologies that until now were the main players on the 5G and IoT market. After a profit warning, Osram stocks were initially under high pressure.

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