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Li-Fi Market anticipated to exceed $8Bn by 2030

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Global Market Insights, Inc., predicts that the overall Li-Fi market size is poised to exceed USD 8 billion by 2030, subject to the light fidelity technology’s mounting applications across indoor networking, healthcare, aerospace, underwater communication, automotive, and other sectors.

A sudden upsurge in internet usage owing to massive proliferation of smartphones globally has enabled the Li-Fi market to carve out a lucrative growth curve for itself in the upcoming years. Currently, there are nearly more than 4.8 billion internet users worldwide as of June 2020. This global internet penetration has compelled various companies to invest in the Li-Fi market, subject to growing demand for high-speed data transmission.

For instance, Philips Lighting had in 2018, announced offering Light Fidelity enabled luminaires for vivid applications. It was reported that a French real estate investment company Icade, had shown interest in piloting Philips Li-Fi luminaries at its smart offices in Paris. Each luminaire is equipped with a built-in modem which modulates the speeds imperceptible to the human eye. More so, Li-Fi gains momentum owing to its potential benefits over wi-fi as it can be used in places where RF or radio frequencies may intervene with equipment, or where Wi-Fi signals cannot reach or are exceptionally weak.

Such moves are expected to enhance the product portfolio of Philips Lighting while also allowing it to grow multifold in the global Li-Fi market over the forthcoming years.

The Li-Fi industry has gained high popularity in the global business space over the recent years, fueled by its rising prominence over conventional technologies on grounds of its favorable features like energy efficiency, high-speed data transfer, directional lighting, and intrinsic security. Moreover, additional benefits such as absence of bandwidth limitations and RF spectrum bandwidth crunch would offer an upper hand to this technology over the conventional channels including Wi-Fi.

Li-Fi in healthcare facilities

Constant monitoring of patient health in hospitals is done either with a Wi-Fi or manual based system. However, Wi-Fi based systems are considered to be much slower in speed due to increased scalability. In this case, Li-Fi finds better operability wherever Wi-Fi is applicable with additional features of high-speed data connection. In addition to the speed factor, light fidelity technology is more suitable in healthcare application for analyzing the patient’s conditions without frequency interference on the human body.

This has, undeniably, offered various industry players a chance to invest strategically in the technology – to be utilized across various healthcare units and facilities. An exemplary model authenticating the aforesaid is Nav wireless, recent launch of Li-Fi technology to help combat COVID-19. Apparently, this novel move has enabled Nav to stand as the only company in Asia to receive the first commercial project in the Li-Fi sector for the healthcare industry.

As the cases of COVID-19 continue to rise at an unprecedented pace, hospitals and governments have been looking out for solutions to abate the count to some extent. This has indeed compelled Nav Wireless Technology, to take a step ahead in the Li-Fi technology by offering installation of these systems across Surat’s SMIMER isolation swards for speedy, and safer light-based communication for all medical professionals and COVID-19 patients.

All in all, it is safe to say that considering the benefits offered by Li-Fi paired with strategies opted by various industry players, the Li-Fi market is set for substantial growth in the coming few years.

Source: Global Market Insights, Inc.

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The latest: vaccines to be made available at Alaska airports

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1.

He made the announcement Friday, as he unveiled plans aimed at bolstering Alaska’s pandemic-battered tourist industry.

Dunleavy, a Republican, outlined plans for a national marketing campaign aimed at luring tourists and said the vaccine offering is “probably another good reason to come to the state of Alaska in the summer.”

Dunleavy and other state leaders have been pushing to allow large cruise ships to return to Alaska after COVID-19 restrictions kept them away last year.

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2.7 million products on display at China’s digital Canton Trade Fair

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The China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) opened its 129th session on Wednesday, and what is its third digital exhibition. 260 thousand exhibitors present a record-breaking 2.7 million products across 16 categories, 82 thousand of which will be new products.

Exhibitors will showcase their products through cutting-edge digital presentations such as pictures, videos, 3D and livestreams, including 2,600 virtual reality showrooms and 137 online new product launches.

Xu Bing, spokesperson of the Canton Fair, noted that the 129th Canton Fair, built on the previous two digital sessions successfully held in 2020, has further optimized its digital platform to facilitate accessible and convenient business communication between suppliers and buyers.

“The Canton Fair has been promoting trade exchanges and stabilizing the global industrial supply chain over the years, and we hope the 129th session can contribute to China’s new development pattern where domestic and foreign markets can boost each other,” Xu said.

Canton, now known as Guangzhou, is the capital and most populous city in the province of Guangdong, which popularly called “the factory of the world.”

Located on the Pearl River about 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong, Canton (Guangzhou) has a trade history of over 2,200 years and was historically the major trading terminus for the ancient, globalized Silk Road which traveled from China to the Mediterranean and southern Europe.

The metropolis continues in the modern era as a major port and transportation hub and is one of China’s three largest cities. 

This year’s Canton Fair brings functional improvements to enable efficient business matching, including leveraging resources in livestreams, allowing easy access to the Help Center, offering an upgraded Exhibitor Centre management tool, and providing an intelligent customer service system with multiple language support.

Aiming to provide buyers with an optimal experience throughout the grand online international trade event, the Fair is also embracing an inclusive participation with targeted market segment incentives and activities.

Focusing on China’s global “Belt and Road Initiative” and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries, the Canton Fair has been working closely with international business associations.

Forty-four exhibition virtual events hosted in 32 countries with topics covering promotion, matchmaking, and cooperation agreement signing, along with over 300 trainings for overseas buyers, email direct marketing and global partnership programs, will help global buyers understand their targeted industries and the product categories of interest which are showcased at the Canton Fair.

To allow buyers to do barrier-free business across borders, the Canton Fair is introducing a wide range of supporting services, such as professional settlements, financing to insurance, logistic support for transportation, inspection to quality certification, as well as online customs support and policy interpretation.

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Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

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Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.

The tool unveiled Thursday is rolling out in what is being billed as the biggest update to Google Earth in five years. Google says it undertook the complex project in partnership with several government agencies, including NASA in the U.S. and its European counterpart, in hopes that it will help a mass audience grasp the sometimes abstract concept of climate change in more tangible terms through its free Earth app.

Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald believes that mission may be accomplished.

“This is amazing,” she told The Associated Press after watching a preview of the new feature. “Trying to get people to understand the scope of the climate change and the land use problem is so difficult because of the long time and spatial scales. I would not be surprised if this one bit of software changes many people’s minds about the scale of the impact of humans on the environment.”

This isn’t the first time time-lapse satellite imagery has been used to demonstrate show how parts of the world are changing before our eyes due to a changing climate. Most scientists agree that climate change is being driven by pollution primarily produced by humans.

But earlier images have mostly focused on melting glaciers and haven’t been widely available on an already popular app like Google Earth, which can be downloaded on most of the more than 3 billion smartphones now in use around the world

Google is promising that people will be able to see a time lapse presentation of just about anywhere they want to search. The feature also includes a storytelling mode highlighting 800 different places on the planet in both 2D and 3D formats. Those videos also will be available on Google’s YouTube video site, a service more widely used than the Earth app.

The feature was created from 24 million satellite images taken every year from 1984 to 2020 and provided by NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the European Union, according to Google. The time lapse technology was created with the help of Carnegie Mellon University.

Google plans to update the time lapse imagery at least once a year.


SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer

AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this story from Washington.

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