Introducing OpenVLC

OpenVLC is an open-source, software-defined, flexible, low-cost Visible Light Communication platform. Research and development are conducted at IMDEA Networks Institute, and the project is co-led by Prof. Domenico Giustiniano and by Dr. Qing Wang.

We are delighted to announce that OpenVLC1.3 will be ready soon for delivery! OpenVLC1.3 can now achieve a throughput of 400 Kb/s at the Transport Layer (tested with iperf) at a distance of more than 4 meter, powered simply by the BeagleBone Black!

You can now contact us for details if you have interests in trying them! Note that we will only accept applications that have interests in ordering at least four OpenVLC1.3 boards at a time. Please send your email to

What is Visible Light Communication - LiFi?

Visible Light Communication, sometimes also referred to as “LiFi" uses standard off-the-shelf visible light LEDs to transmit data using the visible light spectrum. VLC is receiving strong attention from the designers of the 5G networks and beyond. VLC can enable new pervasive wireless systems in the context of the Internet of Things.

Our Mission

The lack of an open-source reference platform for VLC networks is hindering the progress of the research community. A general-purpose platform would add momentum to VLC research and would open up new avenues of VLC research and spark the interest of researchers and engineers. 

We take an initial step toward this and we design OpenVLC, an open-source software-defined VLC platform for fast prototyping of new system protocols to build a LiFi network. It runs on a cost-effective yet powerful credit-card-sized embedded board.