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02/03/2015

Sunpartner Technologies Increases Performance in its LiFi Receiver, Wysips® Connect, to Meet the Needs of its Partner ALCATEL ONETOUCH

Last year at Mobile World Congress 2014, Sunpartner Technologies, the French specialist in innovative solar solutions, unveiled the world’s first photovoltaic LiFi receiver: Wysips® Connect. Today, the company is developing this ground-breaking technology with CEA-Leti, a French public research institute.
To further optimize the receiver’s capacity, a 12 months, international development program will be launched in early 2015 with the one of the fastest smartphone brand, ALCATEL ONETOUCH. This joint venture shows that leaders in research and in business are convinced of Wysips® Connect’s advantages.
Wysips® Connect is currently the only LiFi technology in existence that enables screens and mobile devices (phones, e-readers, sensors, electronic shelf tags, watches, etc.) to charge their batteries and receive data using visible light waves (VLC-Visible Light Communication) without tapping into the device’s battery—meaning the LiFi connection powers itself.

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Wysips® Connect: Game-changing Photovoltaic LiFi
Recently, LiFi has captured the attention of the largest smartphone manufacturers such as ALCATEL ONETOUCH. In fact, Sunpartner is the first and only company to date that has succeeded in making a photovoltaic receiver able to receive all types of LiFi signals. This receiver is essential for converting the visible light waves produced by LEDs into electronic signals. This signal is then decoded into an audio, text or video file on connected devices (such as mobile phones, tablets, sensors, electronic shelf tags, and smartwatches). Totally unique, this photovoltaic component is ultra-thin and transparent. It is integrated during manufacturing between the screen and the touchscreen layer of a mobile phone, tablet, or other device.

“We are proud to work with Sunpartner Technologies. ALCATEL ONETOUCH shares the same mission with Sunpartner Technologies in bringing the latest technology to consumers.” Francois Chambon, Head of Innovation Lab, ALCATEL ONETOUCH.

A Promising International Research Program
The year-long joint research program with ALCATEL ONETOUCH will enable Sunpartner Technologies to offer new video playback features from mobile devices over LiFi.

The first phase will take advantage of the expertise and facilities of CEA-Leti, which specializes in micro- and nano-technologies applied to wireless communication systems and components, in order to characterize the Wysips® Connect component and increase its data transfer speed.

The goal: enable users to stream and watch compressed, high-definition playback of any video over a LiFi connection. This feature is of particular interest for ALCATEL ONETOUCH, who cares about end users’ experience and strives to bring the best technology to the mass market.

Sunpartner Technologies: A Major Player at the Forefront of the LiFi Revolution
With this program, Sunpartner Technologies positions itself at the forefront of creating the LiFi Internet. In 2 to 3 years, LiFi networks will free up companies’ crowded Wi-Fi networks, and LiFi will be introduced in hospitals, sensitive sites like nuclear power plants, aircraft fleets, and shopping centers for a start.

One of Sunpartner Technologies’ next goals will be to make its LiFi receivers as efficient outside as they are inside buildings, by improving the component’s sensitivity to detect LiFi waves even in bright sunlight.

“With this new Wysips® Connect research program, we’re taking things to the next level and further optimizing our technology’s capabilities. This partnership is fully in line with our company’s strategy and reinforces our ambition to make all surfaces multifunctional. We are also particularly thrilled about working with ALCATEL ONETOUCH and CEA; we’ve worked on many projects together and we share the same passion for innovation.”
—Ludovic Deblois, President and Co-Founder of Sunpartner Technologies

About Sunpartner Technologies
Founded in 2008, Sunpartner Technologies is an engineering company specializing in Solar NETs (New Energy Technologies). They develop invisible and transparent solar energy solutions that are completely design neutral and seamlessly integrate into target products. In particular, the company invented Wysips® (What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface), which has 4 mature technologies: Wysips® Crystal for screens, Wysips® Glass integrated into glazing, Wysips® Cameleon for signs and billboards, and Wysips® Graphics for connected objects.

Sunpartner Technologies has regularly received awards both for its innovation and from the business community, such as the Nobel Sustainability® Clean Tech Company award in 2013 and Technology Pioneer 2014 from the World Economic Forum. The company was also named one of the Top 100 Global Cleantech companies in 2014.

Based in Aix-en-Provence (France), the company has a team of 53 employees.
www.sunpartnertechnologies.com

Media Contact Sunpartner Technologies
Marion CHANSON
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