TM's device connects to the Internet with light, bags WCIT award

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  • Thursday, 16 Oct 2014

THE FUTURE OF SURFING?: TM have a prototype that connects to the Internet with LED lights

Telekom Malaysia Bhd dazzled the ICT movers and shakers at the World Congress on IT (WCIT) in Mexico with its research and development work on Visible Light Communication (VLC), a technology that uses Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to transmit data at high speeds of up 10 to 50 megabits per second.

Its research and development unit bagged the highest Witsa (World Information Technology and Services Alliance) ICT Excellence Awards, called The Chairman’s Award at WCIT. WCIT was held from Sept 29 to Oct 1, 2014.

Dr Gobi Kurup, chief executive officer of Telekom Research & Development Sdn Bhd headed the team that  developed a technology called Advanced Internet Lighting Application (Aila), to connect a laptop to the Internet with just a prototype dongle and LED bulbs.  

“We are looking forward to a time when houses will be Internet ready, just by having LED lights,” he enthused.

He stated that although VLC has vast possibilities, it still would not replace WiFi as a means to connect to the Internet. “Eventually, we see VLC as complementary to WiFi as it has its limitations as light cannot penetrate walls,” he said.

Gobi hopes Aila will be available in Malaysia in 18 to 24 months. Aila also previously won The Best of Research & Development award at the MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2013, held in Hong Kong.

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