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First global LTE Direct trials

PIONEERING THE PROXIMAL INTERNET

Compass.to started 2012 with the vision in mind to build the ‘proximity graph’ by providing social apps for proximal discovery and location based recommendation with a focus on today’s urban needs. But the existing technologies were limited in their range and scalability, neither battery efficient nor privacy sensitive. No wording was really matching the idea of any kind of broadcasting device being connected in a smart way in our proximity. So we started naming it ‘Proximal Internet’.

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An inside view of the Telecom Council in Silicon Valley

As the birthplace of modern technology, Silicon Valley is exactly that and way more. Everywhere one looks, large companies and enterprises are situated door to door, growing an ecosystem that lives on technology and will continue to impact so many lives around the globe. As part of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley held on May 11th at Marvell Technology Group‘s offices in Santa Clara, we at Compass.to were at the forefront of the startups showcasing the power and potential of LTE Direct.

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NY Tech Day in a nutshell: It was a blast!

Exactly one year ago, we were showcasing our beta version of Compass.to at NY Tech Day 2015. It’s amazing to see how the tech community in Silicon Alley is growing at a very high pace, but more importantly, how it’s making all startups become more aware of the value they provide over time in relation to their sustainability. Explained in simpler terms, we believe the tech scene in New York is well on its way to incubate more and more high-growth startups, engaging and retaining global talent, and producing amazing value for the ecosystem. Here’s a short video about our road to pioneering the Proximal Internet and NY Tech Day.

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Great testing never fails

It’s that time of the year, when not only does the weather improve, but your products are being tested far away in continental China. That’s right, after several months on the down-low, Compass.to has been hard at work developing and testing our proximity-driven products at the global LTE direct trials happening at the moment of writing in Shanghai. More specifically, at the Shanghai Tech University with hundreds of students, using our Compass.to apps. As we begin to learn from the complexities of LTE Direct, every little failure quickly turns into a huge success, learning from every tap, swipe or bug. That’s why great testing and iteration will always lead to optimal results.

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The real benefit of LTE Direct vs. other proximity-based technologies

Accuracy. Privacy. Efficiency.

On Tuesday, July 14th, Google announced it was making available its Nearby Messages proximity API for developers, stating the technology can allow data sharing between nearby devices. As much of the things that Google does, it scales upon existing technologies (i.e. iBeacon) and makes them leaner, more accessible, and they usually add a sexy little feature to it. In this case, inaudible sound communication. How reliable is this and will developers embrace it? It still needs to be tested. However, as the pioneers and advocates we are of the LTE Direct technology developed by Qualcomm, we have some interesting arguments to suggest that LTE Direct might have better features and functionality than other technologies.

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What do mobile payments, proximity technology, and shopping have in common? A forecast of the industry

The PSFK manifesto on The Future of Retail 2105 highlights the most important aspects that will improve or change our shopping experience in-store and online. Some of the takeaways are Empower Shoppers, Mobilize Staff, and Deliver Anywhere, among others. The latter, Deliver Anywhere, resonates with us here at Compass.to (in beta..yay!) deeply because it explains how technology can help customers have a better experience when shopping for products.

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How proximity-based technologies will change the way we experience sports – LTE Direct

World Cup fever

World Cup 2014 set multiple records

Last year we saw how the World Cup in Brazil set multiple records including most saves in a World Cup match by Tim Howard (USA), oldest player in a FIFA World Cup by Faryd Mondragon (Colombia), and most goals scored in a single World Cup (171 goals). Beyond the sport-related records, many more were set in the field of marketing, fan engagement, and interactions. For instance, it was the first event to reach 1 billion interactions on Facebook, most tweets per minute during a single game (618,725 ARG vs. GER) and Lucas Podolski’s (GER) final game selfie got retweeted 93,000 times. Why is this relevant and what does it have to do with proximity-based technologies? Let’s get right to it.

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