What if light was the answer to in-flight connectivity? (Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov)
While airline passengers wait for onboard WiFi to go mainstream, they can test a new technology using light for in-flight data transmission in the skies. The technology is called LiFi.
What if light was the answer to in-flight connectivity? It may sound crazy, but the technology offers several advantages, such as very high-speed multimedia data throughput -- some 100 times faster than existing WiFi systems -- and eliminating the need for on-board copper cables, which add extra weight to the aircraft, impacting fuel efficiency.
It may sound futuristic, but this technology -- dubbed LiFi, for "Light Fidelity" -- will be demonstrated at the International Paris Air Show (June 17-20) in a medium-haul Air France cabin mock-up, where visitors will be able to experience it first-hand. The technology is being showcased jointly by Air France, Latécoère, which works closely with major aircraft manufacturers on interconnection systems, and video games company, Ubisoft.
Visitors will be able to experience LiFi via the "Trackmania2 Stadium" video game. A tournament will even be organized offering participants the chance to compete in the final in September 2019 on an aircraft specially fitted with 12 seats equipped with LiFi technology. Players can register online at www.airfrance-tmcup.cm.