The Internet of Things denotes the interconnection of computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure. Directly connecting these devices enables the development of an entirely new generation of applications that will unleash extraordinary advances in automation, smart systems and communication for both DoD and commercial application.

IoT_ChartIn the last ten years, the number of globally connected devices rose from 1 billion to 8 billion. That number is expected to reach over 18 billion devices in the next four years and, according to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on The Internet of Things by 2020, including embedded and wearable devices.

Wireless Proximity technologies leverage The Internet of Things by providing an abstraction layer around various wireless signals (GPS, WiFi, NFC, LTE Direct, and other beacon technologies), simplifying the communication of connected devices using a standard API.  FutureOrb supports the world’s first registration system for wireless protocols, from Wi-Fi names to Bluetooth MAC addresses, and even upcoming LTE Direct Expressions. This technology is replacing the current GPS-systems that retailers use to locate and track consumers via mobile phones, and offers advanced wireless privacy by assigning a unique wireless name and uniform proximal experiences across devices.

This new open platform is expected to eclipse domain name registration in both volume and significance within the next decade.  GBL has a number of other Wireless Proximity-related applications in development, including:

  • Proximal Browser enables mobile devices and mobile applications to become aware of the devices around them without connecting to them. This is proximal awareness without an internet connection, and an integral part of how the Internet of Things (IoT) will interact with common household and mobile devices in the near future. FutureOrb allows the proximal devices themselves to associate (or “pin”) content (photos, videos, messages, etc.) to wireless signals, of which can be viewed through its Proximal Browser.
  • Proximal Gaming is a new category of augmented reality games that leverages wireless device proximity as an integral component of game play and mission objectives. GBL is actively developing a suite of proximal games that demonstrate key aspects of this new technology, including a scavenger hunt and a fictional airborne virus outbreak. These games are currently in Alpha and will be released to the public in 2015.
  • Proximal Chat clients offer unprecedented private and secure, location-based communication channels. GBL is currently researching a number of innovative applications ranging from real-time customer service to proximal dating.
  • Proximal Content offers a broad reach into the various defense branches of the military. This reach includes the proximal ‘pinning’ of defense related content, regarding organizational structure and the guidelines of NATO Colleges and related facilities.

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