What is LiFi and why does Airbus offer it?


The LiFi monitor. Photo: JV Reymondon / Airbus

We’ve heard of Wi-Fi and Hi-Fi, but what is LiFi in Blue Flames?

It was a question raised by Airbus when it announced this week that its business jet unit was the only manufacturer to offer “next-generation communication technology on board a business jet.”

It turns out to be an in-flight entertainment (IFE) technology and Airbus has teamed up with Latécoère Interconnection Systems (LIS) to develop a smart LiFi monitor.

It turns out that LiFi has been around since 2011 and uses modulation of light to transmit data and position between devices.

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It uses visible light as well as infrared and ultraviolet spectra to transmit data at high speeds that could theoretically reach 100 gigabits per second.

One of its advantages is the ability to operate safely in areas otherwise susceptible to electromagnetic interference, such as aircraft cabins.

Airbus said the deal with LCI makes Airbus Corporate Jets the only aircraft manufacturer to offer the next generation of communication systems technology on board a corporate aircraft.

The monitor is a multi-tech smart 4K unit that will also offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It has analog audio output with USB-C ports as well as HDMI connections and features on-demand audio-video, streaming, mirroring, web browser, TV live and integrated video conferencing.

The manufacturer aims to make the new technology, which can also be scaled, available for the modernization of the more than 200 Airbus business jets already in flight and for cabin equipment before the end of the year. .

But it is not the only one looking into the potential of the technology: French company Oledcomm tested LIFi at the 2019 Paris airshow and said at the time that it hoped to collaborate with Air France on future tests. .

In other ACJ news, the first section of the recently launched ACJ TwoTwenty arrived at the A220 final assembly line in Mirabel, Canada, recently for the first Airbus business jet ever assembled. in Canada.

The ACJ TwoTwenty was launched at the end of 2020 and has already won orders for six aircraft, with Comlux due to take the first delivery this Nordic winter as the exclusive supplier of the first 15 aircraft.

Airbus says the bizjet will feature an “unparalleled personal space” of 73 square meters. (785 square feet) of floor space and six large VIP living areas that can accommodate up to 19 passengers.

It will have intercontinental range, capable of flying up to 5,650 nm (10,500 km). or more than 12 hours of flight time.

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