Under the pilot, teams will carry out a technical and operational evaluation of the technology in terms of capacity, practicality and user-friendliness. Passengers will also offer feedback of their experiences of using the Wi-Fi alternative
The technology, which employs arrays of LEDs, provides bidirectional wireless transmission of data through visible or infrared light, rather than radio waves as in traditional Wi-Fi networks.
The technology requires minimal infrastructure while offering higher transmission speeds and security. Adif hopes that Li-Fi could offer a more cost-effective, lower maintenance alternative method to traditional Wi-Fi to improve digital accessibility across its network.
Adif also says that the technology could be used to complement 5G in areas where Wi-Fi typically suffers from signal loss.
The pilot is the first launched under Adif’s five-year Digital Transformation Plan for Passenger Stations, which aims to improve digital services across the Spanish rail network.