The Wi-Fi Alliance is looking to push a new platform that will allow devices to share data even when no Wi-Fi network is available.
Dubbed Wi-Fi Aware, the platform would have devices share small snippets of data directly to enable applications like multiplayer games, without device upgrades or the need for an access point. Because the system uses existing Wi-Fi hardware to make the exchange, no new kit is needed.
To implement the technology, software developers will need to update their applications to utilize the new system. Once activated, the Wi-Fi Aware platform will allow devices to send and receive small packets of data with user information and location.