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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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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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Proximity Series: Transportation

More and more, industries have been adopting robust systems powered by internet of things devices and processes, delving deeper into the universe of data and potential these technological resources may offer. The purpose of this series is to widen the spectrum of possibilities of how these technologies can be used in a variety of industries but with a strong denominator: LTE direct. As we have previously stated in other posts, Compass.to has used LTE Direct in a number of occasions, understanding in detail the use, possibilities and challenges this technology offers.

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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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Coffee meets Laptop: Proximity based solution to find your best coffee spot

New York is known for its overwhelming number of coffee shops but also for its Starbucks-in-every-corner movement. As an international student, coming from one of the top coffee-makers in the world, Colombia, I was happy to know that in every corner, I was going to find my ever-so-tasteful Colombian coffee. Uh, no. It’s tough to find good, tasting coffee. At least for the pickiest people – as we all know New Yorkers are. With Compass.to, I’ve been able to find and get friends to join me at some of the coolest spots in town to share those coffee-meets-laptop moments. Here are a few.

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What’s up New York students? 5 things you don’t want to miss this Summer

Part of our efforts in providing relevant, contextual, and quality content, lie in being able to cut through the internet noise of endless Buzzfeed publications, or ridiculous cat GIF’s, to finally discover all great content happening around us as you read this post. As a former New York student, I wish there could have been a sleek and simple place to go and find out about the best things to do, but also adding a touch of contextual content. Enter Compass.to! We’re here to bring you all the great content and things to do in the city, while giving you a solution to enrich those moments by joining friends in your proximity or sharing stories with photos and music. Here are the 5 things you don’t want to miss this Summer!

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