Skip to main content

Aircraft Light Communication

Objective

The ambition of ALC is to show evidence that LiFi connection solutions can successfully address current RF transmission drawbacks and are mature enough to successfully operate connected devices in the highly demanding environment of a cockpit. The targeted breakthroughs to be reached are:
- Interfacing an existing LiFi module to the aircraft server
- Implementing the currently existing secure and robust LiFi connection used for offices into the severe environmental conditions of an aircraft
- Reducing current consumption of the connected devices, to save battery and increase autonomy.

As compared to currently implemented solutions (e.g. WiFi, Bluetooth), ALC will demonstrate that LiFi is:
- Fully secure for data transmission with no possible threat of malevolent action
- Fully reliable with no risk of interference or propagation effects, fully compliant with normal conditions (e.g. sun or artificial lights, obstacles) and abnormal conditions (e.g. smoke) as well as DO160-G compliant for power management

The project will therefore deliver, test and validate up to TRL5 applications integrating LiFi communication with:
1/ A flight crew wireless audio headset integrating LiFi connection
2/ An EFB tablet integrating LiFi connection to the A/C
3/ A connected headset, gathering health monitoring and behaviour/motion signals
4/ One or several other LiFi applications, to be identified by FACTEM, PURELIFI and XLIM, replacing existing wired connections, or providing new services or functions

For each application, a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the proposed solution versus legacy wireless technology will be performed and quantitative and qualitative indicators will be used as TRL5 pass/fail criteria.
The solutions will be standard solutions, i.e. not LiFi proprietary.

Call for proposal

H2020-CS2-CFP03-2016-01
See other projects for this call

Coordinator

FACTEM
Address
Route De Caen 32
14400 Bayeux
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 557 278,75

Participants (2)

UNIVERSITE DE LIMOGES
France
EU contribution
€ 275 008,75
Address
François Mitterrand 33
87032 Limoges
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PURELIFI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 266 484,13
Address
9 Haymarket Terrace Second Floor Rosebery House
EH12 5EZ Edinburgh
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)