2017 will be the year of the Wi-Fi Aware, as Wi-Fi Aware is a simple way for marketers/retailers to communicate with customers in physical locations. This Wi-Fi Aware technology has been released by Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit organization that promotes Wi-Fi technology, in the year 2015. Wi-Fi Aware (sometimes shortened to just Aware), allows Wi-Fi enabled devices in proximity, to discover and communicate with each other without depending on Cellular data or Internet. Once two users are within range of each other, they can communicate or share files. Both the devices don’t even need Internet. Wi-Fi Aware is also known as Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN).
The Wi-Fi Aware has tremendous untapped potential for Business. Companies can provide more intelligent and personal offers to its customers.
Difference between Wi-Fi Aware and Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Aware is only an improved form of Wi-Fi Direct’s neighbor detection with 3 major USPs and improvements:
- Always on
- Power efficient
Wi-Fi Direct’s energy consumption used to be a major barrier for battery-operated devices. Wi-Fi Aware reduce a lot of the barriers for
achieving a low-power Wi-Fi solution.
- Scaling with crowd.