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Visible Light Communication Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Visible Light Communication Market is segmented by Component (LED, Photo Detector, Microcontroller, Software and Services), Transmission Type (Unidirectional, Bidirectional), Application (Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Infrastructure, Defense and Security, Life Sciences), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period:

2018-2024

Base Year:

2018

Fastest Growing Market:

Middle East and Africa

Largest Market:

North America

CAGR:

101%

Key Players:

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Market Overview

The visible light communication market was valued at USD 11.95 billion in 2019 and it is expected to reach a value of USD 391.62 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 101% over the forecast period (2019-2024). This technology will eliminate the need for other wireless technologies, such as Infrared (IR), Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi which emit Electromagnetic interference (EMI) and RF waves that are harmful to both instruments/devices and humans. However, the market is currently in the emerging phase, and prototypes are being developed. 

  • The primary driver behind the growth of the high-speed VLC is the rapidly growing presence of LEDs in practically every signaling or illumination entity. By as early as 2020, the majority of new energy-efficient lighting installations are expected to be LED-based. Consequently, these bulbs can transmit at high speeds that were not possible with conventional light bulb technologies such as fluorescent and incandescent lamps. According to research, the global LED penetration in the lighting market is estimated to reach 61% in 2020.
  • Another important driver for VLC systems comes from the plethora of wireless applications. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a spectrum deficit (i.e., lack of usable radio frequencies for new wireless applications) is expected, due to exponential growth in demand for wireless transmission capacity
  • The problem of congestion of the radio spectrum utilized by Wi-Fi and cellular radio systems is further facilitating investments for the development of the market for VLC. Technology innovations addressing challenges, such as line of sight (LOS) requirements, reliability and network coverage issues, and complexities in system setup would further attract end-user interest towards the adoption of VLC technology.
  • However, lack of awareness about this technology may hamper the growth of the visible light communication market. Since the technology is still emerging, prototypes are being developed. Further advancements in optoelectronic devices/materials are expected to open up new opportunities for the application of this technology.

Scope of the Report

Visible Light Communication(VLC) systems are being developed to be used for creating ultra high-speed, secure, and biologically friendly communication networks that allow the creation and expansion of seamless computing applications. Such systems use modulated light wavelengths emitted by a variety of suitably adapted conventional sources, such as outdoor and indoor lighting, illuminated signs, displays, televisions, computer screens, digital cameras, and digital cameras on mobile phones for communication purposes, majorly through the use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

By Component
Light Emitting Diodes
Photodetectors
Microcontrollers
Software and Services
By Transmission Type
Uni-directional
Bi-directional
By Application
Consumer Electronics
Defense and Security
Transportation
Public Infrastructure
Life Sciences
Other Applications
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Europe
United Kingdom
Germany
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
South Korea
India
Japan
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
UAE
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Automotive and Transportation Segment Expected to Witness a Significant Growth

  • Traffic management is a broad segment facing numerous challenges, with increasing population and vehicles on the road. The amount of data transferred through Wi-Fi on the street is neither sufficient nor secure enough for effective management. Apart from aiding traffic management, a promising application for VLC is in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.
  • Most car headlights and tail lights are being replaced with LEDs. VLC can transform these LEDs for car-to-car communication. This factor can improve anti-collision systems and facilitate the exchange of a range of information between vehicles.
  • As traffic lights use LED lighting, it is an emerging opportunity in citywide traffic management systems, like pedestrian signals and traffic signals using VLC. For instance, street lights communicating with a pedestrian’s VLC-equipped smartphone can regulate vehicle traffic, allowing pedestrians to cross a street.
  • The use of VLC technology in traffic systems allows the drivers to use smart devices or car headlights, in order to connect and generate information from traffic lighting systems. This information can also be transmitted to other cars using tail lights. Information, such as traffic updates, shortest estimated time of arrival to a specific location (considering traffic congestion), or even internet access can be communicated through the usage of this technology.
  • However, drivers may use smart devices while driving, which may act as a challenge. The ideal way to overcome this challenge is to incorporate a visible communication system in the vehicle, and use the vehicle’s headlights to send information. However, the efficiency of these intelligent traffic systems may be affected due to noise, which may impact the adoption rate of VLC systems.
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North America to Account for the Largest Market Share

  • North America is the most prominent market for VLC due to increasing investment in R&D in advanced technological solutions, such as artificial intelligence, sustainable energy projects, and big data analytics. The major wireless network providers in the region, such as Telus Corp, Rogers Communications Inc., and BCE Inc.’s Bell Mobility are investing heavily in R&D activities in VLC, along with 5G technology to increase their market share among the wireless and internet service providers. The implementation of Li-Fi technology is expected to boost the US economy and aid in the economic growth and create job opportunities. 
  • The United States is the most prominent market for VLC technology, owing to increasing investments in R&D in advanced technological solutions, such as artificial intelligence, sustainable energy projects, and Big Data analytics. The United States is the first country to install 5G wireless networks, making the country the global test bed for LTE services and apps.
  • The lighting industry is embracing new ground-breaking business opportunities through VLC, as data transmission governs all the major sectors in the United States, including the government sector. Further, government initiatives, such as “Gigabit Communities” that helps make the United States one of the high capacity and the super-fast ubiquitous broadband networks, enhance the adoption of VLC opportunities.
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Competitive Landscape

The visible light communication market is neither highly competitive nor has a limited number of players. It is an emerging market with newer technologies in the pipeline further creating the potential for visible light communication technology.                                                    

  • February 2019 - Zomtobel, a European provider of professional lighting and associated services, partnered with pureLiFi to step into the wireless enterprise network market. As part of the trial, Zumtobel has installed pureLiFi’s system alongside its LED lights. The system enables data transmission via an LED luminaire at high-speeds through small adjustments in the LED’s brightness. 
  • March 2018 - Philips launched Li-Fi broadband, where it offers an internet connection through light waves. This is expected to propel the company’s presence in the IoT industry. The company is the first global lighting company to provide Li-Fi-enabled luminaires from its existing office lighting portfolio.

Major Players

  1. LVX System
  2. Panasonic Corporation
  3. Lucibel SA
  4. Koninklijke Philips NV
  5. Firefly Wireless Networks LLC

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

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Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Value Chain Analysis

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Competition from other Wireless Communication Technologies

      2. 5.1.2 High Demand for Building Smart City Infrastructure

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Threat from Government Policies and Lack of Awareness

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Component

      1. 6.1.1 Light Emitting Diodes

      2. 6.1.2 Photodetectors

      3. 6.1.3 Microcontrollers

      4. 6.1.4 Software and Services

    2. 6.2 By Transmission Type

      1. 6.2.1 Uni-directional

      2. 6.2.2 Bi-directional

    3. 6.3 By Application

      1. 6.3.1 Consumer Electronics

      2. 6.3.2 Defense and Security

      3. 6.3.3 Transportation

      4. 6.3.4 Public Infrastructure

      5. 6.3.5 Life Sciences

      6. 6.3.6 Other Applications

    4. 6.4 Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

        1. 6.4.1.1 United States

        2. 6.4.1.2 Canada

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

        1. 6.4.2.1 United Kingdom

        2. 6.4.2.2 Germany

        3. 6.4.2.3 Rest of Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 6.4.3.1 China

        2. 6.4.3.2 South Korea

        3. 6.4.3.3 India

        4. 6.4.3.4 Japan

        5. 6.4.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.4.4 Latin America

        1. 6.4.4.1 Brazil

        2. 6.4.4.2 Mexico

        3. 6.4.4.3 Rest of Latin America

      5. 6.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. 6.4.5.1 UAE

        2. 6.4.5.2 Saudi Arabia

        3. 6.4.5.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Koninklijke Philips NV

      2. 7.1.2 LVX System

      3. 7.1.3 Bytelight Inc. (A Acuity Brand’s Company)

      4. 7.1.4 Panasonic Corporation

      5. 7.1.5 Purelifi Ltd

      6. 7.1.6 Oledcomm

      7. 7.1.7 Lucibel SA

      8. 7.1.8 Outstanding Technology Co. Ltd

      9. 7.1.9 Axrtek Company

      10. 7.1.10 Firefly Wireless Networks LLC

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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