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Chief Warrant Officer 5 Andrew Foreman, U.S. Army Europe and Africa G6 Chief Technology Officer, demonstrates LiFi technology as part of the 2d Theater Signal Brigade's LiFi exhibition event Aug. 11, 2021 at USAG Wiesbaden.

US Army doubles down on multi-million dollar LiFi contract

Dec. 28, 2021
pureLiFi has secured an additional large contract to supply the US Army with more of the company's LiFi technology, which uses light rather than radio frequencies for more secure wireless communications.

LiFi technology specialist pureLiFi this month announced it has secured another multi-million dollar deal to supply the US Army with thousands of additional units of the LiFi Defense system, dubbed Kitefin.

Alistair Banham, CEO of pureLiFi, commented:

“The Kitefin system is now officially disrupting the ecosystem of wireless defense technologies. Kitefin provides the latest advancements in protecting mission-critical communications and has the potential to save missions and lives. We won’t stop here; the train has now left the station and LiFi is on its way to even broader deployments and new markets. We will put LiFi in the hands of millions of users.”

As noted by the provider, technologies such as WiFi, 4G and 5G use radio frequencies to transmit data, which produce large areas of radio frequency emissions that are easy to detect, intercept, and can cause overcrowding resulting in slow speeds and unreliable communications due to increased RF congestion.

LiFi technology uses light rather than radio frequencies resulting in wireless communications that is more reliable, significantly more secure, and simpler to deploy, adds the company.

The US Army Europe is expanding its use of the technology, as LiFi has proven to be reliable for its most critical communications. "LiFi not only enhances the US Army’s wireless connectivity toolset, but has demonstrated in action that LiFi solves real problems faced by defense and national security," contends a pureLiFi statement

CW5 Andrew Foreman, USAREUR-AF Chief Technology Officer noted:

“LiFi technologies answer all three of the serious issues associated with the RF portion of the spectrum. First, due to the low probability of detection, jamming, and intrusion, FSO and LiFi offer an extremely survivable form of communications when in direct conflict with a near-peer adversary.”

pureLiFi notes has been named one of the “EE Times Silicon 100 Start-ups to Watch” two years running.

The company's statement concludes, "With growing demand for bandwidth hungry technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, next generation manufacturing and the metaverse, new wireless communications technologies are needed to enable new use cases and technology breakthroughs. pureLiFi is now offering high-speed components ready for integration into consumer electronics such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets, with a view of taking LiFi mainstream and offering unprecedented bandwidth, ultra-fast speeds and military-grade security to the consumer." 

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