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.

Please go to the page "get started" to get the OpenVLC hardware and access the source code.

What is Visible Light Communication - LiFi ?

Visible Light Communication, sometimes also referred to as ‚ÄúLiFi" 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 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.