Manufacturing and industrial applications for Visible Light Communications

FireFly Wireless Networks' VLC solutions are ideal for Machine to Machine (M2M) applications in factories and other industrial locations. "Machine to Machine" refers to direct communication between devices using any communications channel, including wired and wireless. With potentially thousands of devices requiring monitoring and control, VLC deployment can serve as a better option than wired techniques and radio frequencies methods of communication, since wiring is expensive and often not feasible to deploy due to various factors, such as with equipment in motion, and RF methods require spectrum which may not be available or be prone to interference and congestion issues. VLC wireless networks that are interconnected can improve production, safety, reliability, and efficiency in a multitude of industrial settings.

Benefits of M2M Visible Light Communications solutions:

  • Enhance industrial instrumentation, enabling a sensor or meter to communicate the data it receives (e.g., temperature, inventory, movement, operation parameters, failure notification, safety information).
  • Coordinate the movement and timing of robots in manufacturing settings such as automobile factories.
  • Provide location-based communications to mobile Automated Guided Carts (AGC) and "Smart Cart" Robots.
  • Provide drone-to-station communications for precise, interference-free movement, drop zones, and landing sites. 
  • Enable Point of Sale (POS) communications between devices without using wires or RF spectrum.​

factories (m2M)