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According to the alliance, Wi-Fi Aware is able to continuously identify other devices and services within Wi-Fi range before making a connection which brings proximity-based service discovery to Wi-Fi certified devices
According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi Aware is able to continuously identify other devices and services within Wi-Fi range before making a connection, which brings proximity-based service discovery to Wi-Fi certified devices

In the US, Texas-based Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that it is accepting manufacturers into its Wi-Fi Aware programme, which provides the capability to transmit data among devices without a steady connection.

According to its website, the Wi-Fi Alliance’s new 'Wi-Fi Aware' is a new certification program that “extends Wi-Fi’s capabilities with a real-time and energy-efficient discovery mechanism that provides an immediate on-ramp to rich here-and-now experiences.”

Wi-Fi Aware is able to continuously identify other devices and services within Wi-Fi range before making a connection, which brings proximity-based service discovery to Wi-Fi certified devices.

Wi-Fi Aware claims to make it simple to find information and services available in an area that match preferences set by the user – and is optimized to work well even in crowded environments.

Peer to Peer communications

The peer-to-peer communications capability delivered by the Wi-Fi Aware programme is claimed to drastically cut the amount of power required for a task.

How this helps utilities and other manufacturer organisations is that organizations with large hardware inventory can quickly locate malfunctioning nodes that don’t have a heartbeat signal for one reason or another. It can also be used to initiate more advanced communications between devices.

Aware is reported to compatible with practically any device that supports Wi-Fi, making it much easier for manufacturers to implement the capability in their hardware.

Wi-Fi enabled smart home

Meanwhile in other Wi-Fi news, climate monitoring company Weatherbug has partnered with global conglomerate company Honeywell in a bid to extend the reach of its jointly developed Wi-Fi smart home thermostats featuring weather-tracking technology.

The Wi-Fi enabled smart home thermostats are able to determine ideal energy outputs for every moment during the day, conserving energy and saving users money.

The weather-tracking technology is capable of adjusting room temperature based on local weather information and data about the home itself.

DCInno reports that the smart home thermostat is currently available for compatible households in Texas, but will be expanding to other US states, claim the companies.