Currently, the wireless communication and exchange of data and messages are possible with the help of Wi-Fi technology that is used in different spheres of the social and business life (Gupta, 2015). However, today, it is possible to speak about the development of the more recent wireless technology to exchange information that is known as Li-Fi (Light-Fidelity) technology (Jadhav, Patil, Singh, & Patel, 2015). Harald Haas introduced the idea of Li-Fi technology in 2011, and he accentuated its innovativeness and efficiency because of using light to transmit a signal (Jaiswal & Chopade, 2013). Therefore, much attention should be paid to examining the features of this recent communication technology in contrast to Wi-Fi.
The problem is in the fact that modern organizations require high-speed and widely available communication technologies that should also be secure and efficient in terms of the used resources (Rawat, Aggarwal, & Passi, 2014). The speed of the Internet communicated with the help of Wi-Fi is comparably low, costs are high, and security is limited (Gupta, 2015).
Therefore, organizations are interested in using a new technology instead of Wi-Fi. Still, in spite of the fact that Li-Fi is regarded as one of the most recent and high-speed communication technologies, its advantages in comparison to Wi-Fi need to be examined in detail (Bhosale & Vijaykumar, 2016). Furthermore, it is important to pay attention to exploring limitations of this technology in order to conclude regarding its appropriateness to be used in organizations.
Goals and Significance of the Study
This study aims at identifying advantages and disadvantages of Li-Fi in comparison to Wi-Fi and analyzing possible benefits available to organizations that use Li-Fi. The study is significant because it will provide answers to the questions regarding the appropriateness of using Li-Fi technology in the modern organizational environments because this tendency has become popular in the world (Rawat et al., 2014). Furthermore, the study is significant to provide the complex overview of areas where the technology can be used with the focus on associated advantages and disadvantages to inform the decision of organizations regarding the use of Li-Fi (Bhosale & Vijaykumar, 2016).
In order to address the set goal of the study, it is necessary to find the answer to the following research questions:
- Research Question # 1 (RQ1): What are advantages and disadvantages of Li-Fi technology in comparison to Wi-Fi technology?
There are a few studies that discuss features of Li-Fi. Therefore, this question is important to contribute to the debates.
- Research Question # 2 (RQ2): What benefits can organizations have while using Li-Fi technology?
The interest in Li-Fi is explained with reference to the users’ demand for the high-speed and secure Internet. As a result, to conclude about the use of Li-Fi, it is necessary to answer the question about its potential benefits for organizations as users.
The secondary research is selected for this study in order to focus on collecting and analyzing the existing data on Li-Fi technology. The systematic review of secondary sources, such as industry reports, conference papers, organizations’ reports, and scholarly articles, is important to collect the data that are required to find answers to the set research questions (Saunders, Lewis, & Thornhill, 2014). In order to analyze the collected information, it is important to apply the approach of systematizing and synthesizing the data.
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