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The IEEE 802.15.13 Multi-Gigabit/s Optical Wireless Communications Task Group defines a Physical (PHY) and Media Access Control (MAC) layer using light wavelengths from 10,000 nm to 190 nm in optically transparent media for optical wireless communications. The standard is capable of delivering data rates up to 10 Gbit/s at distances in the range of 200 meters unrestricted line of sight. It is designed for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications in both non-coordinated and coordinated topologies. For coordinated topologies with more than one peer coordinator there will be a master coordinator. The standard includes adaptation to varying channel conditions and maintaining connectivity while moving within the range of a single coordinator or moving between coordinators. TG13 continues work concerning High-rate photodiode communications (also denoted as Li-Fi) done previously in TG7r1, which is now focussing on optical camara communications (OCC). Work on 802.15.13 started in March 2017, and is expected to be completed and published in the second half of 2018. The Task Group encourages participation by those interested in optical wireless technology. Further contributions to the new coordinated MAC layer are particularly welcome.  


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