pureLiFi’s new internet technology backed by Scottish National Investment Bank

pureLiFi’s new internet technology backed by Scottish National Investment Bank

Jimmy Williamson and Alistair Banham

Scottish wireless communications tech company, pureLiFI, has received £10 million in funding from the Scottish National Investment Bank.

The following the funding, the Edinburgh based firm is planning a global roll out of their technology, which uses light to transmit data rather than conventional radio frequency systems such as WiFi and 5G.

The investment aligns with the bank’s mission to invest in innovation and industries of the future, creating high value jobs in world class businesses.

Alistair Banham, pureLiFi CEO, said: “The Bank’s investment will help us achieve our vision to connect everyone and everything with LiFi.

“We introduced our technology to the world from Scotland and it is important for us to grow our company and ecosystem from here.

“Our vision is for Scotland to be a recognised centre of excellence for LiFi. In the future customers from around the world will come to us for our innovative technology and leverage the wider photonics ecosystem that already exists here in Scotland.”

The Bank’s investment will enable pureLiFi to further develop new technologies while opening up additional markets in areas such as mobile phones, tablets, wearables and other connected devices.

LiFi is complementary to WiFi technology, offering improved performance. When WiFi and LiFi work together the users across both technologies experience greatly improved connectivity, as LiFi also makes WiFi better.

The number of connected devices in the average home has more than doubled in the past two years. As more devices connect to struggling home WiFi networks, bandwidth is split, interference increases and response times slow for everyone.

LiFi solves the biggest challenges faced by current wireless communications technologies by decreasing congestion, improving security and quality of connection

Jimmy Williamson, executive director at the Scottish National Investment Bank, said: “The Bank’s investment will support pureLiFi as they look to scale up their operation, allowing them to take the innovative technology to the global market.

“By backing them the Bank is also investing in highly skilled research and development jobs in Scotland and endorsing pureLiFi’s vision to create a centre of excellence of LiFi.

“We are excited to provide them with the growth capital that will help them reach the next stage in their development.”

The use of the light spectrum means that LiFi can provide more efficient connectivity with overall requirements compared to traditional methods.

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