Impact of Visible Light Communication (VLC) Technology

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Over the past years, globally there has been tremendous transformation in communication and lighting sectors with evolution of advanced and many new technologies such as OLED, Micro-LED, 4G, 5G networks. Smart connected devices have witnessed rapid industrial growth and new technologies and products are constantly on the rise. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes, automation, connected living communication plays a vital role in driving technology innovations in different industries.
LEDs (light emitting diodes) which are commonly used for display and lighting applications is leveraged for wireless data transmission driven by advancements in the optoelectronics sector. The concept of transmitting data through light rays is termed as Visible Light Communication (VLC). There are numerous applications enabled by VLC and these include: consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, home and building automation. VLC can be useful in applications where RF (radio frequency) communication is difficult to achieve the objective. Ultra-high speed data transmission and high bandwidth capabilities drive the adoption of VLC over other communication platforms.
The technology and innovation report captures the impact of VLC on different applications. Key questions answered in the report are highlighted below.
1.     What is the significance of VLC?
2.     What are the key enabling technologies?
3.     What are the factors that influence technology development and adoption?
4.     Who are the key innovators driving developments?
5.     What are the opportunities based on patent and funding trends?
6.     What is the VLC technology adoption by region (North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific)?
7.     What are the applications enabled by VLC technology?
8.     What is the market potential for VLC technology (forecast until 2021)?
9.     What is the future prospect of the technology?
10.     What sort of strategies OEMs need to embrace to gain entry and sustain competition?

Table of Contents

1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Scope of the Technology and Innovation Research1.2 Research Methodology1.3 Research Methodology Explained1.4 Summary of Key Findings2.0 Technology Landscape Assessment – Trends, Enabling Technologies, Benchmarking, and Innovation Ecosystem2.1 VLC – A Point-to-Point High-speed Wireless Communication Technology Platform2.2 Technology Functionalities – Bidirectional and Fully Networked Wireless Communication2.3 Technology Trends – Smart Cities, IoT, Network Topology, Networking, Li-Fi Access Nodes and Super Fast Wireless Internet2.4 Technologies Enabling VLC – Convergence of ICT, Electronics, and Materials Segments2.5 Benchmarking of Wi-Fi, Beacon, and VLC2.6 Industry Value Chain2.7 Key Technology Stakeholders across the Globe2.8 Internet Connectivity and New Business Models Foster Developments for Diversified Applications 3.0 Application Assessment – Key Trending Applications 3.1 Key Trending Applications3.2 Key Applications – Home and Office Buildings, Healthcare, Retail and Supermarkets3.3 Key Applications – Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Aerospace, and Military and Defense3.4 Key Applications – Telecommunication, Industrial Process Control , Natural Management, Marine and Education4.0 Factors Influencing Technology Development and Adoption4.1 Factors Influencing VLC Adoption – Market Drivers and Challenges4.2 Increasing Competition from Other Wireless Technologies and High Demand for Building Smart City Infrastructure are Driving Factors4.3 Government Policies and High Investment Cost in Reshaping Infrastructure Hinders Adoption4.4 Impact Assessment of Key Technology 4.5 Wide Scale Market Opportunities and Advent of IoT Drives Development4.6 Need for Direct Line of Sight and Light Obstruction Factors Hinders Development5.0 Market Potential – Forecast until 2021, Commercialization Initiatives 5.1 Visible Light Communication Market: Global Revenue Forecast, 2016–2021 5.2 Market Significance of the VLC Technology 5.3 Commercialization Initiatives and Trends6.0 Key Innovations, Technology Developments, and Strategies Driving Commercialization and Growth Opportunities6.1 Key Technology Developments and Innovations6.2 Li-Fi Built Electric Lights Integrated with Internet Access6.3 Li-Fi based LED Lighting System for IoT Connected Devices6.4 Fast and Low-cost Li-Fi Solution for IoT Connected Devices6.5 Portable and Highly Secured Li-Fi Product for Diversified Applications6.6 Key Innovators and Initiatives – pureLiFi, Velmenni, Lightbee 6.7 Key Innovators and Initiatives – IBSENtelecom, Acuity Brands Lighting, LVX System6.8 Advancements in LED Technology Back VLC Technology6.9 Advancements in Semiconducting Materials Encourage VLC Applications6.10 Advancements in Communication Technology Promote VLC Technology Capabilities6.11 Strategies to Capitalize Growth Opportunities 6.11 Strategies to Capitalize Growth Opportunities (continued)7.0 Global Patent Landscape and Regional Adoption Assessment7.1 Global Patent Trend Analysis – By Year and Jurisdictions7.2 VLC Adoption Assessment in North America7.3 VLC Adoption Assessment in Europe7.4 VLC Adoption Analysis in APAC8.0 Technology and Application Roadmap – Forecast until 20228.1 Technology Roadmap for VLC8.2 Application Roadmap for VLC9.0 Growth Opportunities and Strategic Directions9.1 Possible Strategic Approaches and New Technology Capabilities in VLC Technology9.2 New Business Model and High Growth Opportunities9.3 Assessment of Key Success Factors9.4 From the Analyst’s Desk: What is the Nature of Disruption and Potential for Convergence?9.5 From the Analyst’s Desk: What is the Role of Regulations in Driving Developments? 9.6 From the Analyst’s Desk: Key Companies to Watch out For10.0 Key Patents10.1 Key Patents – Indoor Positioning and Tracking Applications10.2 Key Patents – Machine to Machine Communication and Light based Occupant Tracking10.3 Key Patents – Light based Data Transmission Method and Relay Assisted VLC System 10.4 Key Patents – Display Integrated with VLC Technology and Adaptive MIMO VLC System11.0 Key Industry Contacts11.1 Key Industry ContactsLegal Disclaimer




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