While not in the test bed area, I love the vision of this solution. The make-everything-smart trend is getting out of hand. Approaching a small go-kart at the event, one might suspect a conversation around an SME race, such as Baja or Formula One. Instead there was a conversation about Morse code and smart headlights. Whoever thought a series of dashes and dots would still be relevant today? well, it’s not that simple.
The go-kart’s lights were actually being pulsed or modulated to communicate with cameras. A human eye sees nothing but a continuous bright light. However, with an app and camera, such as the one on a smartphone, it is apparent that the go-kart is actually sending data while lighting the way. Dirar Hakeem, a project management professional and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert at AASA Inc., held up a smartphone; when passed over the headlights the data started to flow: fluid levels, performance information, breaking, acceleration, etc.
With many companies working on autonomous vehicles, this technology could help vehicles communicate with each other, and anything else that is in the line of sight (e.g., tollbooths and emergency crews). AASA, a U.S.-based IT, engineering, and R&D solutions provider, leading through its 01LightCom subsidiary, has recently joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the world’s leading organization for transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). AASA is the first IIC member to introduce the visible light communication (VLC) technology and Li-Fi.