Nokia and Osram partner to create indoor 5G networks using lights

In a recent interview, Nokia and Osram announced that there was collaboration between the two companies to create indoor lighting capable of boosting 5G signals indoors. Nokia is providing its Networking capabilities whereas Osram would be providing its expertise in the world of lights and  its manufacturing capabilities for this project. Although, at the time of writing this article, no mobile carriers are involved, but Osram has confirmed that they have tested the technology in its offices.

Credits: Osram

Thorsten Müller, Head of innovation at Osram, said “Our office and industrial luminaires are already networked for remote control.” He also added “In this R&D project, we equipped them with special broadband radio modules, allowing mobile devices like cell phones and laptops to connect to the luminaire network and transmit data.”

The lights will also have various IOT capabilities. A spokesperson for Osram added “The installations have included “IP enabled ‘network slicing’ and ‘IoT micro services’ in the luminaire’s LED driver and light management system,”

This has the potential to really boost the industry for IOT and make data transmission from micro-sensors far easier. How companies will use and how these indoor lights will effect our day to day lives still remains to be seen. Adoption for 5G is still on its infancy stages as some carriers in USA & other countries plan to launch 5G by the end of 2018.

Karan Raj Baruah