Optical Wireless Communication for Imaging Medical Devices

Funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Duration: February 2023 - January 2026


In the healthcare system, especially in operating theaters and intensive care units, secure data transmission is essential for patient treatment. It is becoming increasingly important to implement wireless local data paths that were previously wired. However, the radio systems commonly used today do not meet the medical technology requirements for reliability, security and latency. Due to the locally limited propagation of light, wireless transmission with light (LiFi) is ideal for medical technology. The OWIMED project is intended to enable LiFi implementation in a medical environment through research and development on important applications. Work in the OWIMED project aims to develop a high-bit-rate LiFi system in combination with an image sensor for medical use.

The disruptive approach of the OWIMED project consists in viewing the complex data streams in medicine as a primary, all-encompassing communication model. The approach to be taken is to replace data cables with a wireless optical solution over short distances.

LiFi can already fully meet the requirements for high data rates over short distances.
Both partners with many years of experience in the development of innovative medical devices (IT Concepts GmbH, Evonos GmbH & Co. KG) and partners with scientific expertise in the field of data transmission (Fraunhofer HHI) and medical treatment (St. Joseph Hospital Berlin-Tempelhof)