New LED light technology doubles as a mode of data transfer
A revolutionary new technology utilizing LED lights not only illuminates rooms but also functions as a method of data transfer.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 19:07
BRIGHT LIGHTS: Could LED lights double as a method for data transferring? (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Will new technologies double in benefiting our technology-savvy lifestyles and reduce energy consumption at the same time?
A St. Cloud-based company, LVX System, is hoping to use revolutionary light technology in government buildings within St. Cloud. This new LED light technology features ceiling lights that will allow data transfer through imperceptible pulses of light.
These LED lights, branded as Light Visually X-Transceiving (LVX), function as ceiling lights that can illuminate a room as well as transmit data and provide internet access. The LVX System website describes its mission in providing "a revolutionary lighting technology that provides energy efficient lighting and visible light wireless communication services." The company also boasts that the technology it created is "the most secure wireless transmission on the planet."
USA Today reported that St. Cloud signed a three-phase contract with LVX Minnesota to become the first city in the world to use the technology. This contract allows for the technology to be put to use and determine the costs of this service which will lead to marketing LVX technology to other businesses.
So will these lights actually create energy savings?
No doubt the switch from traditional lights to LEDs will save the city money on its electrical bills, but St. Cloud will also have the chance to review its energy savings and how the LVX system is working after each phase. Only after these systems are implemented will the city be able to see if these revolutionary light systems are actually benefiting energy savings. One thing is for sure, this new technology could revolutionize the function of LED lights by doubling as modes of data transfer.
Photo: Kimm Anderson/Associated Press
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