Pure LiFi a light communications technology company formed in 2012 as a spin-off from the University of Edinburgh, uses light to create next-generation wireless networks. It has introduced its LiFi solutions to Kyle Academy secondary school in Ayr.
I am absolutely thrilled to see true LiFi deployed for the first time in a school in Scotland...This world’s first pilot not only offers secure connectivity in a School, but hopefully inspires the next generation...Professor Harald Haas, Co-Founder, Pure LiFi
The Scottish Government also supported the pilot with a £16,000 grant through its Digital Schools initiative for equipment and installation. South Ayrshire Council’s Kyle Academy is the first school globally to pilot real LiFi technology within the classroom.
The installation of the LiFi-XC system involves eight LiFi-enabled LED light bulbs being installed in the ceiling of the classroom. Students have been given access to stations that plug into their laptops enabling high-speed connectivity through the lights.
Paul Wheelhouse MSP Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands has visited students taking part in the LiFi trial to find out about their experiences with this new technology. He said: “We are pleased to support a Scottish-born company whose complementary, emerging technology has the potential to transform delivery of wireless broadband communications.”
Student Toby Nixon who has taken part in the pilot said: “It is exciting to be part of the world first LiFi deployment in a school...”