Just one day after DIGIT reported that a team of researchers, some based out of the University of Glasgow, are ‘twisting light’ to transmit data wirelessly in challenging cityscapes, it has been announced that Edinburgh-based pureLifi has been recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for its contributions to the emerging field.
pureLifi has been granted the ‘Commended Innovation’ award from the IOP, only given to businesses for outstanding innovations in the field of physics, which either work to expand technological boundaries or develop solutions to business challenges.
Specifically, pureLifi has been given the Commended Innovation award for forwarding its development of ‘Lifi’ – a high-speed, bi-directional transfer of data using light. The award was presented to the firm during a Parliamentary reception at Westminster in October, attended by MPs, Lords, policy makers, business leaders and leading physicists in the field.
Both pureLifi and the researchers from the University of Glasgow could render fibre-optic cables obsolete, if the tech is found to hold worth. So far, it has been proven that data transfers using light can survive open and heavily-built-up cityscapes, and mild disruption in the air. Transfers have yet to be tested in heavier conditions, however, such as rain or snow.
Professor Dame Julia Higgins, President of the IOP, commended pureLifi at the conference for their developments thusfar. Professor Higgins said: “This year’s winners serve as tremendous examples of the many different ways in which physics can improve, save or protect lives and how it forms an invaluable part of the UK economy.
“Your successes have been made possible by investing in physics and in physicists. To continue to build on those successes, it is essential that public and private sector investors continue to invest in physics education, research and innovation.
“I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Companies such as these are the backbone of a high-tech economy and society.”