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Qualcomm is Ready to Bring You LTE Direct, Battery-Friendly Contextual Awareness

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Lots of apps nowadays – from Google Now, to Foursquare, to Keep – rely on locational awareness (more commonly referred to as “geofencing”) to serve contextually sensitive information, such as the number of nearby restaurants and friends. That’s all good and fine, but those features typically rely on a combination of GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth signals to function, which means using them requires sacrificing power.

Qualcomm thinks it may have a solution in LTE Direct. The technology, a device-to-device discovery service, piggybacks on LTE spectrum to help smartphones and tablets – thousands of devices at a range of around 500 meters, to be precise – to exchange information. 

The chip maker states that LTE Direct has several advantages over technologies like Bluetooth, most important of which is battery preservation. Because the standard offloads tasks like timing and resource allocation to the LTE network, the impact on battery is minimal; devices with LTE Direct capability can wake up and search for each other “synchronously,” instead of pinging constantly.

LTE Direct is also privacy sensitive, to a degree. Devices don’t reveal their identity or precise location to others. Because LTE Direct has much better range than competing standards and is platform agnostic, Qualcomm thinks it is well suited for applications in push advertising, searching, and loyalty services.

It’s highly unlikely we will see LTE Direct deployed this year, as it is currently undergoing operator trials, but the technology’s possibilities are exciting, to say the least. Qualcomm will be showing off unique use cases for LTE Direct at a developers conference on September 18-19 in San Francisco.

Via: Qualcomm [2]
  • P Pants

    ” rely on locational awareness (more commonly referred to as…”

    …tracking and storing your every move. Often when you don’t even realize it.

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  • buckley101

    Just so everyone knows, this differs from WiFi direct (WD) by:
    1. WD is usually limited to <10 users
    2. Power exponentially increases as the number of users increase
    3. WD < 100 meters vs LTE D – up to 500 meters
    There are others but these are some key ones

  • moew

    Geofencing?

    Geocaching -> geolocation to find the cache (prize/target).

    Geofencing -> geolocation to find the fence????? Mmmm find the fence!

    Not sure that people use that term, maybe it was just invented today.

    • J. Gilbertson

      Geofencing has been around for some time now

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  • schoat333

    This sounds like a hackers dream….

  • Bryan

    Seems like a new version of WiFi Direct, but using LTE with a much further range. What would be really cool is if you could use it to transfer data between devices at high LTE-Advanced speeds.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    This is cool. I always turn off location to save battery. I only turn it on when I’m about to use google maps for navigating!

    • duke69111

      I was hoping this would be something that could replace the wifi location reporting that runs in the background even when wifi is off. I turn it off to save battery.

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  • buckley101

    Really cool technology. Can’t wait for some apps

  • Guest

    Really cool feature. I work at Qualcomm and for orientation they show us this technology and it’s pretty neat. I’m sure there will be some good app ideas to come

  • Guest

    Rely on Bluetooth? Huh?

    • Kyle Wiggers

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