OFF Line Co releases proximity-based low energy Bluetooth communication app

AirTalk allow users to create a Wi-Fi and BLE-based ad-hoc mesh network with a 100m radius independent of an internet or data connection

OFF Line Co releases proximity-based low energy Bluetooth communication app

Tokyo-based Off Line Corporation has released AirTalk, which it claims is the world's first proximity-based Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) smartphone communication application. The initial offering is for use with iOS devices, but an Android version is in development.

AirTalk allow users to create a Wi-Fi and BLE-based ad-hoc mesh network with a 110 yard (100m) radius independent of an internet or data connection. Japanese and English language versions are supported in the initial release.

AirTalk has achieved speeds 10 times faster than existing BLE iBeacon applications. In addition, the service automatically updates user's Bluetooth ID once every five minutes as a robust security features. (AirTalk Beacon Technology)

While AirTalk aims to be the de facto solution for close-distance P2P communication, the in-house developed software natively calculates relative distances between users and can thus effectively be used in times of natural disaster when regular telephone and internet services become interrupted; this is very helpful in earthquake-prone Japan.

Future iterations of AirTalk will include native support for OFF Line Corporation's recent acquisition, Photozou, Japan's largest photography-focused SNS with over 3.3 million active web-based users and 2.3 million smartphone-based users.

In an effort to spur next generation location-based advertising and ad delivery, further integration between Photozou and AirTalk will be continually explored.

The growing interest in location-based advertising will promote business alliances between services like AirTalk and established SNS. Sequential service updates will thus include Chinese, French, Portuguese, etc., language support in an effort to aggressively expand into the global market.

Further updates will include individual messaging functions and a social gaming platform.

AirTalk main functionality
•    Terminal connection speeds approximately 10X faster than existing BLE applications
•    Deliver and receive messages to other users within a 110 yard (100m) radius
•    View distances between yourself and other users
•    Natively log which users you encounter often
•    Bluetooth ID updates automatically in 5 minute cycles for increased security
•    Native syncing with your Twitter account to keep up-to-date with those outside your current 110 yard (100m) radius
•    Get special proximity-based time sales at your favourite retailers.

AirTalk system requirements
•    iPhone4S (or greater)
•    iPod touch(5th generation or greater)
•    iPad(3rd generation or greater)
•    iPad mini
•    Greater than iOS 7.
•    Android version in development.

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