Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Aware™ Technology Overview (2020)

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Aware, a certification program by Wi-Fi Alliance®, brings contextually defined, peer-to-peer connectivity to mobile devices without the need for a connection to infrastructure or a cellular network. Devices certified for Wi-Fi Aware leverage Wi-Fi® to discover and connect directly to people, information, or services based on physical context and tailored to individual preferences. As a part of the discovery, Wi-Fi Aware devices may estimate the distance between them and use that estimation to determine whether discovery triggers any further actions, such as notification to the user or a Wi-Fi Aware specific data connection setup. The technology behind Wi-Fi Aware enables power efficient, continuous background discovery of devices and services, accurate peer-to-peer ranging, and instant, IP-based peer-to-peer data exchange.

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