Wi-Fi Aware™: Discover the World Nearby (2015)

The widespread presence of Wi-Fi® in devices and the growing demand for proximity-based personalized services present an opportunity for both technical and business innovation. Contextual awareness makes mobile devices even more useful by enabling new personalized applications that scan surroundings to anticipate actions and adjust based on the user’s habits. Now, a new capability of Wi-Fi brings contextual awareness to mobile and portable devices.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Aware™ devices leverage Wi-Fi to discover people, information, or services, based on physical context and tailored to individual preferences. The technology behind Wi-Fi Aware enables power-efficient continuous background discovery of devices and services without requiring connection to a Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi Aware is poised to become a key enabler of a more personalized social, local, and mobile experience. This paper describes the technology underlying Wi-Fi Aware certification and its potential usages.

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